Each major son et lumiere performance is based on a different aspect of that history. This year it is called Le Seigneur des Songes, loosely 'The Prince of Dreams'.
|The scenery being constructed in the amphitheatre at Les Arcs-sur-Argens.|
Although there were earlier settlements here, Les Arcs-sur-Argens began life as a fortified village with the construction of the castrum - or fort (today called the chateau) on a rocky outcrop above the wide river plain of the Argens, in the 13th century.
|A tiny statue of Sainte Roseline built into a niche on a wall.|
|Wandering through Le Parage.|
The chateau and tower of the donjon dominated the landscape - and still do. The village was surrounded by high ramparts, broken by only four gates, The Basse Porte (low gate), the Haute Porte (high gate), the Real Porte (east gate on the side of the Real river) and the Milante Porte (to the west).
|The 1662 bell tower photographed from the Jardin des Oliviers.|
Near the top of the village is the Chapelle Saint Pierre, which houses a wonderful scale model of the medieval village as it was in the 14th century, created by Alain Durdu - plus the interior workings of the clock tower. The chapelle also houses art exhibitions and classical music soirees from time-to-time.
|The gateway at the chateau where Sainte Roseline's first miracle is believed to have occurred.|
Each small town in Provence houses so much history, much of it in ruins - but thanks to the restoration and habitation of Le Parage, you can experience the working village as it might have once existed.
* Apologies to French speakers for lack of accents on French words.