Péret

 

It was 5000 years ago that the first inhabitants lived in Péret. Nothing remains of them, other than the dry stone of their houses and the pots for melting the copper.

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 The village of Péret seen from the volcano of Malhubert - JPEG - 22.6 kb
The village of Péret seen from the volcano of Malhubert
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It is said that more than 2000 years ago, a lost baby elephant from Hannibal’s herd had come to scare the miners. So as to better defend themselves, the village was built on a rocky slope of the old volcano of Malhubert, surrounded by ramparts and four towers.

All that’s left of this 11th century Péret is the Church of St Félix, the tower and five porches. To get to the square and the fort, take the little roads of Colbert and Boileau.

Don’t miss the road that turns above the village, walk in front of the chapel of Notre Dame des Buis and continue. The sight is stunning with an abundance of landscapes, stark and rustic: of sky, of terraces, of ‘garrigue’, of vineyards and standing vines. Here and there is a sturdy shelter, a ‘capitelle’. Sit down and take in the whole picture. Behind you are the Cévennes, at your feet is Péret and in front of you the plain of the river Hérault. Far away, covered in a trembling mist is the dusky mass of the Mediterranean ….

The chapel of Notre Dame des Buis

The chapel got its name of “Buis” because it was in a place surrounded by boxwood. In the part that is the chancel, the oldest construction is from the 11th century; the walls are made from the Péret tuff (volcanic rock with bits of lava). The nave was added in the 12th century and the rostrum in the 13th century. It was used as the church of Péret, in the time when the village was situated around it. Much later, when the village slipped down towards the plain, it was the Church of Saint Félix that became more important and Notre Dame acquired the name of “chapel” definitively. Penitents in white were to add the sacristy and the south façade to ensure a step up to the rostrum from the sacristy. The actual pinnacle with the statue of the Virgin dates from 1830.

To see

  • Church of Saint Félix
  • The 14th century gate
  • The Tower of Ferret
  • The chapel of Notre Dame des Buis
  • The neolithic site of Broum

Site of the Town Hall : http://www.mairie-peret.fr/

Pictures

The church of Péret - JPEG - 85 kb
The church of Péret

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Fountain at Péret - JPEG - 161.3 kb
Fountain at Péret

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Entrance to the chapel of Notre Dame des Buis at Péret - JPEG - 91.1 kb
Entrance to the chapel of Notre Dame des Buis at Péret

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Chapel of Notre Dame des Buis at Péret - JPEG - 130 kb
Chapel of Notre Dame des Buis at Péret

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The village of Péret seen from the volcano of Malhubert - JPEG - 164.4 kb
The village of Péret seen from the volcano of Malhubert

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