Octon

 

There are two theories about the origin of the name Octon: that it comes from "Octavianum" or "Octavius’s villa", or otherwise, that it’s a Gallo-roman version of Octavio magos which means, the village walked to from the 8th Roman Post.

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In this time, the Roman roads were marked out at equal distances from one to another. In the 1950s, pre-historic vestigial traces were discovered in a garden, undoubtedly from the Neolithic era, if we can refer to other vestiges found in the surrounding villages. There is also a series of 13 dolmens on the plateau of Toucou.

In the Middle Ages, most of the habitations were situated close to the chateau of Lauzières, of which some vestiges are still visible. The actual village of Octon was formed as a result of the grouping of inhabitants from the numerous hamlets and houses around the village. The valley being more fertile allowed for vine cultivation. On the hillsides, the ancient inhabitants had built terraced walls to hold back the earth, thus avoiding the streaming of rain water and erosion (‘restanques’ in Occitan). Abandoned and reclaimed by the natural vegetation, the walls are still visible in places. The village square is immortalized by a monument called “Le Griffe” built in 1901 by Paul Vigné of Octon, with its date clearly inscribed. In 2009, the municipality decided to name the square “Paul Vigné d’Octon” as a homage to the great man of letters, twice Mayor of the commune, District Councillor of the Canton of Lunas and MP of the Herault department.

The chapel Notre Dame of Roubignac

The first sanctuary must have been built under the rule of the Visigoths. St Fulcran, the Bishop of Lodève, had it reconstructed in the 10th century, thus making it an adjoining church as it is situated at an equal distance from several inhabited places. The actual building, completely vaulted, dates from the 12th century. Belonging to the village of Octon, it was restored in the 19th century. Since 1954, it has been classified as a Historic Monument. You can get to it by a hiking path from the village square in Octon.

« Notre Dame of Roubignac » Photo credit : Clermontais Tourist Office

The chateau of Lauzières (private building)

Belonging to the Lauzières family, in the 13th century the chateau had a fortified and protected surrounding wall … which no longer exists. Transformed at the end of the 15th century, then put aside, it was sold in 1650. A ruined village is also huddled up at the foot of the fortress. Occupied until the end of the 19th century, it has preserved to this day some beautiful elevations from the end of the Middle Ages and the modern era. It is accessible by a hiking path from the village square in Octon. In season, you can meet the owners who will take pleasure in showing you around their “chateau”.

To see

  • A typical village square
  • Church of Saint Etienne
  • Wine cooperative and private cellars
  • Village of arts and crafts
  • Out of the village: Notre Dame of Roubignac, chateau of Lauzières, the dolmens of Toucou

Octon is a village where you can find all, or almost all, of what you need for your stay : for rentals, (link towards accommodation) seasonal lets, campsites (Les Arcades, the Village du Bosc) and hotel-restaurants (La Calade, La Palombe), as well as restaurants, are all at your disposal. Numerous wine domains with their wine growers are there to welcome you, and show you how to make and taste wine.

Leisure activities : the library, hiking circuits, plenty of festivities (concerts, local markets) and lots more, for all the family.

Site of the Town Hall: www.octon.fr

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The chapel of Notre Dame of Roubignac - JPEG - 169.1 kb
The chapel of Notre Dame of Roubignac

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The wine cooperative of Octon - JPEG - 88 kb
The wine cooperative of Octon

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The château of Lauzières

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The Town Hall of Octon

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Typical Salagou house at Octon

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Ancient wheat mill between Octon and Salasc

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The chapel of Notre Dame de Roubignac near Octon

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General view of Octon

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Octon : place Paul Vigné

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The square Paul Vigné of Octon - JPEG - 135.9 kb
The square Paul Vigné of Octon

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