Domazan

We first heard about the name of "Villa Domazanum" since gallo-romans era, then found under the name of "Dom Mazan" which etymology may be : DON (Lord) and MAZAN (Mas, farmhouse); Farmhouse of Lords.

Located between Nîmes and Avignon in Mediterranean Languedoc, this village also has the poetic charm of Provence's landscapes. On the hillside, Domazan spreads over the Briançon's Valley which gets sometimes fit. Formerly, the Briançon used to flow through the village but covered by successive constructions it began subterranean.

On quaternaries teraces from the Rhône surrounding Domazan, composed by a sandy silt and covered by big pebbles called "Fredjaou", we found some old tools cut into silex, those of our ancient forebears. That let us suppose that the place may have been occupied since chasséen era : 3500 à 2500 B.C .

The population mainly composed by farmers saw its territory classed in appelation of controlled origin ("AOC") : "Côtes du Rhone" in 1923.

Since the 70's, industrial activity expanded rapidly in the Signargues area, improving the economyof the village without any imbalance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sightseeing:

 

- The church Notre Dame de Rouvière from roman-byzantine style 12th century

- The bell from the steeple from 1818 still working,

- 16th and 17th centuries chapel, built in order  to extend the church,

- The 14th century castle, its courtyard and tower

- The house in front of the bar, adorned with "Medusa Heads"

- Joan of Arc house with a Saint James way shell carved in rock. As told by the legend, it was used to mark out the place where pilgrims used to have a rest on the way to Compostelle's pilgrimage. You will also find in that place a warrior bust and a sculpture of Joan of Arc. These sculptures may date from Renaissance.

 

 

 

Don't miss :

 

- The center village square (where were before ramparts built in august, 1391)

- Weekly market on Tuesdays mornings in front of the city hall.