Eygalieres Provence History,
A Twelfth Century Town in Provence
The procession covers about a mile to the chapel.
This area was a Roman territory in the 1st century AD. Later the area was Christianized and by the 12 century the St Sixte Chapel was built.
Eygalieres makes a stunning sight as you approach from St. Remy and see the remains of the 12 th Century church and château that occupy the hilltop and are viewable for many miles.
For the hikers who come on the trails through the olive groves and vineyards or for the bikers who come from Mouries and Les Baux, the village center of Eygalieres is a welcome stop for a coffee or a glass of wine at the sidewalk cafés.
Tour groups hike from villages like Eygalieres to other villages or to lodging in vineyard farmhouses on a vast network of trails through olive groves, vineyards, and grazing land.
Usually no more than 8 to 10 miles separate each village and this offers plentiful lodging while hiking or biking Provence.
Provence is a land full of ancient buildings, many in ruins.
The area has for thousands of years produced olive oil and wine and was once an important region to the Romans for grain, olives and wine.
For the modern visitor, wine, fresh fruit and Herbs de Provence will enliven the culinary adventures while during the day, the many ancient church buildings built above the vineyards and groves will color the hikes and bike rides.
Trails through the Alpilles, Luberon, Vaucluse and Camargue deliver some spectacular scenery and some historic towns, none more beautiful than Eygalieres.
Eygalieres in Provence has a long history as a
village with a 12th Century hilltop church
where Eygalieres still honors its history with festivals.
The old church of St Laurent on the hilltop at Eygalieres is a small remnant of a once grand edifice dedicated to an early Pope of the Christian church who was martyred by the Romans in 258 AD.
- Eygalieres church, St Laurent
St. Laurent is the Patron Saint of Eygalieres.
Another saint important to the town, St. Sixte II, is revered in an annual procession through the town held on the Tuesday following Easter.
Eygalieres is known today for its Hiking and Biking
The village is located in the Bouches du Rhone Department. (State) near St. Remy and Les Baux-de-Provence.
Eygalieres Area Roman Ruins
Eygalieres hikers might find the remains of an aqueduct that the Romans built to bring water from the northeast of Eygalieres to join with springs in Maussane on their way to turn mill stones for the production of wheat flour at Barbegal in Fontvieille near Arles. Near Arles between Fontville and Barbegal, the
aqueduct still stands. Glanum at St Remy, nearby, is a 1st century Roman City.
From Arles the Romans built a canal beside the Rhone where they could ship the abundant produce of Provence to their empire.
The 12 th century chapel on the road to Orgon not far from the center of the village of Eygalieres was dedicated in 1222 to Saint Sixte II, a Pope of the early Christian church who was martyred by the Romans in 258 AD.
- Medieval Ruins In Eygalieres
Another church at the top of the hill in Eygalieres commemorates St Sixte II's successor, St Laurent, also executed by the Romans three days after the death of St Sixte.
- Eygalieres Romanseque Churches
Hills and meadows bordering the low rocky Alpilles surround Eygalieres and provide grazing for huge herds of sheep. Hiking trails including the GR 6 lead to the nearby villages of St Remy, Les Baux, Mouries, and Maussane.
The Remains of a Roman aqueduct winds southwest from Eygalieres towards Maussane and Arles.
The churches of St. Sixte and St. Laurent are mentioned in church documents dated 1155.
St Sixte Chapel was dedicated by the people of Eygalieres in 1222.
The builders located St, Sixte's Chapel over a neolithic monument to a water God from which a spring of fresh water seeps. This had long been a sacred place for the farmers of Eygalieres.
The country road from St Remy to Eygalieres, the D-24 is a quiet back road for hiking and biking that leads to stunning views of the ancient town of Eygalieres.
The prosessioners walk from Eygalieres to the Chapel of Saint Sixte and celebrate mass in the ancient language of Provencals.
The site of the chapel once held a neolithic altar to the rain God and this spring ceremony is a continuation of that plea to the Gods for favorable rains.
Aureille 6 miles from Eygalieres near the GR 6 hiking trail
Eygalieres has remnants of its 11th century buildings although only a small portions of the old walls remain.
On the Tuesday after Easter each year, the people of Eygalieres form a procession and carry the likeness of the martyred Pope St. Sixte II towards the chapel dedicated to this 3rd Century saint.
- Eygalieres Festival, Historic Events
The procession is accompanied by Camargue Gardians on white horses and men and women dressed in the costumes of mid 18th century Arles.
The old church of St Laurent on the hilltop above the village of Eygalieres is a small remnant of a once grand church dedicated to St Laurent , a Pope of the Christian church who the Romans executed in 258 AD.
Biking on the back roads between Saint Remy and Eygalieres
Chapel of Saint Sixte
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Activities near Eygalieres:
Climbing sites are nearby in Orgon, Aureille, Mouriès, Walking Trail (GR-6) Roman Ruins,
Cycling and mountain bike routes,
Golf near Les Baux,
Tennis, horseback riding, gliding between Eygalieres and St Remy
Eygalieres still carries on the traditions of honoring its ancient customs and its patron saints.
A May festival honors St. Sixte and St. Laurent.
The 12th Century Church of Saint Laurent occupies the hill above the village.
Eygalieres Provence preserves a small portion of its 12 th Century Town at the top of the hill.
July and August are high season in Provence and the roads can be crowded, but May, June, September, and October bring great weather, fewer visitors, and plentiful rentals of B&Bs, vacation houses, and vacation apartments.
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Eygalieres History Museum
The museum of history located in Eygaliere's Chappelle des Penitents will attest to the presence of residents in Neolithic times but historical times for Eygalieres began around the 12th Century when the Chapel of St Sixte, the church of St Laurent and later, a château, were constructed at the top of the hill above the center of the village.
|When To Go To Eygalieres Provence:
From March to November will find most attractions open. This is a good time to visit Provence although
November and March will have more rainy days. Winter months are without snow but could be cold and there
could be a Mistral wind. Otherwise it rarely becomes extremely cold except in the higher elevations.
Provence biking and hiking is good any season except that during July, August, and the first half of September
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when some woods and trails could be closed due to fire hazard. The weather in Provence is temperate March,
April (50-75 F) and May and the early part of June. These month are considered low season in terms of
The end of June, and all of July and August can be crowded at times in Provence as much of Europe takes
its summer vacation. Much of France goes on a six-week July August vacation and many people head south.
Summer months are warm and dry. September to mid November offer low season vacation rental prices.
Weather is ideal in May and June and September October, great months to visit.
Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration in the summer, more frequent November to
March. Provence is notable dry in summer and depends on irrigation for agriculture.