Verdon Gorges - Les Gorges du Verdon

Verdon Gorge

Gorges du Verdon

The Verdon Gorge

Lake Sainte Croix

Lac de Sainte Croix

The Lake Sainte Croix

Moustiers Sainte Marie

Moustiers Sainte Marie

A really beautiful village

Riez

Riez la RomaineRiez, a peaceful small town,near Valensole, takes its name from the distant past (QEII Apollinares) whose remains are scattered throughout its territory.

The first of these remains are undoubtedly the four columns to the shafts of gray granite, still supporting an architrave carved, erected in the outskirts of the city, and which are the remains of a temple dedicated to Apollo. These seven meters high columns, with capitals and bases of white marble, originally formed the facade of the temple. This is a moving sight to admire this construction that crossed the history and centuries to offer us.

Another treasure in Riez, which dates back to the Merovingian period (fifth century), baptistry shows a construction of the early Christian era. This book is exceptional in Provence, and even in France. It includes an octagonal room in a building inscribed square. Four apses, one of which contains the altar, are grafted onto the cut sides and dig into the masonry, without protruding outside. Eight ancient granite columns with Corinthian capitals, arranged in a circle, surrounding the baptismal font, of which nothing remains but ruins. A dome covers the room. It should be noted that the cupola was restored in the twelfth century.

Baptistère RiezAnother treasure, which dates back to the Merovingian period (fifth century), baptistry shows a construction of the early Christian era. This book is exceptional in Provence, and even in France. It includes an octagonal room in a building inscribed square. Four apses, one of which contains the altar, are grafted onto the cut sides and dig into the masonry, without protruding outside. Eight ancient granite columns with Corinthian capitals, arranged in a circle, surrounding the baptismal font, of which nothing remains but ruins. A dome covers the room. It should be noted that the cupola was restored in the twelfth century.

Ruelle à RiezThe streets of Riez also show some architectural gems, such as door Ayguière, Hotel or the Hotel de Mazan Ferrier.

The main street of the city, wide, lined with elegant facades, or the oldest streets, houses adorned with plaster sculptures (the plasterwork) will allow you a pleasant walk that takes you to the ramparts.

Laugh culminated in the fourteenth century, now, with just over 1,700 souls, the town seems a bit sleepy, but the proximity of the Valensole lavender, or the Verdon Gorges and Lake St. Croix, ensures many activities, in terms of tourism and sport.

Hotels Riez
A list of hotels in Riez
Hotels Verdon Gorges

Camping Riez
A list of campgrounds in Riez
Campings Verdon Gorges

Gites Riez
A list of lodgings - Bed and Breakfast in Riez
Bed and Breakfast Verdon Gorges

Useful Informations

Mairie : 04 92 77 99 00
Office de tourisme : 04 92 77 99 09
Poste : 04 92 77 80 69

Riez Pictures

Riez Colonnes antiques à Riez Eglise Riez Fontaine de Blanchon Riez, ville des Alpes de Haute Provence Détail des colonnes antiques à Riez Porte Ayguière