Salasc

 

The origins of Salasc are very ancient. Archaeological excavations have brought to light vestiges of the Neolithic period as well as a Gallo-Roman site.

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The geranium fountain
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Salasc was under the shared jurisdiction of the Bishop of Lodève and the Count of Clermont de Lodève, a Guilhem, from the 13th to the 18th centuries. The village can be split in two parts: the little fort against the church, and the suburb which started to develop outside the walls along a very ancient commercial road, linking the Hérault plain to the higher cantons.

The village square and the fountain

A big, 17th century manor house borders the square at the south. The fountain in the centre of the square had been built in the first half of the 19th century. The ancient presbytery dates from the middle of the 17th century and has a Latin inscription. After the Revolution, the parish priest’s quarters were transferred to the communal building, which also housed the old oven and the ancient Town Hall! The mulberry trees are vestiges of a small industry of silk worms.

An ancient fort and its church

The oldest part of the village is situated around the church Saint-Géniès. Around it is a small, fortified surrounding wall built at the end of the 13th century, following which it was used as a "little" fort to protect the village people during the Hundred Year War, and then during the Religious Wars in the 16th century. The ancient ramparts had been abandoned from the 17th century onward and this new space was kept for the inhabitants of the village. On the square there was a ball game area that had been enlarged over the old ditches around 1765.

The water at Salasc

Originally a Latin word, “béal” is a small irrigation canal used to water vegetable gardens, fruit trees, vineyards and fields. Organized like a network, they were fed by two springs. The local archives of 1601 wrote that this system supplied almost 50 acres of cultivated ground. In 1950 fifty gardens as well as agricultural ground were irrigated by the “béal”. In our day, about ten gardens still use them. There were strict rules of usage so that everyone could benefit from the water. In order to irrigate each piece of land, pallets of wood or stone were taken off or put back when water was needed on a patch, and this had to be done in turns so as not to empty the “béal”! It was called “turn the water”. You can discover this ancestral tradition of watering the ground on the “sentier des béals” hiking trail. Information on hiking is available.

To see

  • The village square with its mulberry trees and fountain
  • The béal, ancient irrigation system
  • The church of Saint Géniès
  • Typical village houses from the valley of the Salagou
  • The mill on the road to Octon

Restaurants, gites, summer markets with local produce, Salasc offers you all the comfort you need for a good stay. Have lunch at the restaurant “Festillou” or in the village square, and sleep at the “Auberge Campagnard” after having walked along the paths that go by the “béals”, or take a look at the botanical garden near the cascade. (Links to accommodation, restaurants/wine, events and festivals, sports and activities)

Site of the Town Hall

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Pictures

Ancient milestone - JPEG - 139.6 kb
Ancient milestone

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The church bell of Salasc - JPEG - 99.7 kb
The church bell of Salasc

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The Town Hall of Salasc in the ancient ramparts - JPEG - 121.7 kb
The Town Hall of Salasc in the ancient ramparts

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The nave of the church of Salasc - JPEG - 97 kb
The nave of the church of Salasc

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Choir of the church of Salasc - JPEG - 94.9 kb
Choir of the church of Salasc

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The fountain at the square in Salasc - JPEG - 140.7 kb
The fountain at the square in Salasc

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Typical Salagou house at Octon - JPEG - 95.5 kb
Typical Salagou house at Octon

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The 'place des Comédiens' at Salasc - JPEG - 145.4 kb
The ’place des Comédiens’ at Salasc

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The stream that feeds the canals - JPEG - 169.8 kb
The stream that feeds the canals

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A canal with its palette to turn the water - JPEG - 146.7 kb
A canal with its palette to turn the water

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