THE OLD VILLAGE
The place we nowadays call "Vieux-Maussane" establishes the historic center of the village.
Until 1754 it concentrated the majority of the inhabitants along the road coming from Les Baux de Provence and ending at current "Charloun RIEU" street.
This first human grouping had got organized around two main axes which drew an unrefined cross. From east to west, a first street (current "Vieux-Maussane" street ) led up to a small square (" lou Planet ") and continued in the current "Reine Jeanne" street.
Small Wash House and Planet Fountain
In 1810, doctor Denis-Honoré QUENIN had built at his expenses a fountain and a small wash-house. Located in the historic center of the village, this small wash house is close to a charming square. It will undoubtly inspire you musing, rocked by the lapping of water. It was a place of sociability ; people were meeting there in the freshness of the water, whereas washerwomen attended to their activities.
Dr Quenin Manorhouse
Denis Honoré QUENIN held his cabinet in this beautiful house which had been built shortly before the Revolution by his father Antoine.
At the beginning of the 19th century, a course connected the mansion with the fountain and with the wash house.
Years ago like nowadays, this construction gives to this part of the village a particular esthetics.
As seasons go by, its beautiful facade will charm you.
Batignolles Pedestrian Path
This former railroad, has become today a pedestrian path connecting Vieux-Maussane area to square Henri Giraud. Activated in 1887, this line remains until 1951, then it is downgraded and abandoned for the benefit of the road transport.
IN THE HEART of the VILLAGE…
With the construction of the church, the center of the village moves. Maussane develops along the current avenue of Vallée des Baux and around the Church, in particular thanks to his square which still remains the natural heart of the village.
SAINTE CROIX CHURCH :
On August 27th, 1750, Joseph Laugier de Monblan, Lord of Monblan, buys a ground in the center of the village where he intends to finance a religious building in order to provide Maussane-les-Alpilles with the best arguments to obtain the creation of a parish. On September 3rd, 1754, church Sainte-Croix is offered to the inhabitants. On September 27th, 1754, the church is dedicated by archbishop Jean-Joseph de Jumilhac.
4 SEASON FOUNTAIN :
Built by 1869, it is an unexpected work for a village which only counts 1800 inhabitants. Originally, it acts as public fountain. Br / >
Today, major component of square Laugier de Monblan, it is the meeting point of inhabitants and visitors.
The name "4 seasons fountain" invites you to come to Maussane Alpilles all year round !
Saint Eloi ORATORY - Beginning 18th century
The oratory is situated in the southeast of the village, next to the bull place.
In Provence, St Eloi is the patron saint of farmers and the protector of plow horses. In all Provence, we celebrate him by parading with draft horses pulling a cart decorated with boughs.
In Maussane Alpilles, we celebrates St Eloi on the 2nd weekend of June.
Saint Roch ORATORY - 1720-1721
It marks the beginning of the urban area coming from Mouriès. br/>
This oratory was built after the plague to thank saint Roch for having protected the village of Maussane.
Saint Marc ORATORY - 1852
It is situated alongside the road coming down the Alpilles.
This oratory is dedicated to saint Marc, patron of shepherds and dedicated an area where they parked the herds in transhumance.
Napoléon III Wash House - 1865
Bult under Napoleon III, its architecture presents a double peculiarity: skeletons are obliquely put and women could stand to wash their linen. Every year on the occasion of "Temps Retrouvé" celebration, the wash house finds the former noises and atmosphere with the shouts and the laughter of the washerwomen.
One of the big Roman ways, lines Maussane-les-Alpilles and numerous vestiges give evidence of the Greco-Roman presence: milestone, amphora and foundations of a villa will fill the informed amateurs of antique culture.
Maussane, Yesterday and Nowadays
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