Celles

 

The village of Celles is an integral part of the history of the Salagou valley even though it is situated on the outside of the urban community of the Clermontais.

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Although Celles was part of the plain before the dam was built, it became, with the flooding of the lake, the emblematic village of the lake Salagou. The beauty of the site is there for everyone to appreciate. The buildings seem to come out of the waters of the lake and the changing light illuminates the coloured stones of the walls.

When the dam was created, the village of Celles, which was destined to be submerged, lost all its inhabitants. Today, the menace of the water level rising no longer exists, but the hamlet has remained abandoned. The town hall, the square and the church have been restored. For many years a hermit called “Bichette”, living alone in the village, was happy to recount the history of the lake and its legends to the tourists going by.

With his passing away, the village lost a part of its soul. Today, other projects to rehabilitate Celles are being considered. The District Council of the Hérault (who is the proprietor of the lake and its banks) symbolically handed over the “keys” of the village to the municipality in 2010 so that it could bring the village back to life.

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