The Courchon path
Notre-Dame de Beauvoir
The fame of the chapel spread from the twelfth century especially because of the many miracles of the Virgin. The pilgrimage to Notre-Dame quickly gained momentum, encouraged by the Church which granted, or sold, indulgences to the pilgrims. In the 17th century, these pilgrimages took a particular form. Here were brought the stillborn children, who were resuscitated for a few moments, the time to baptise them and thus ensure the salvation to their soul.
View from above
The medieval way
Without having the rank of royal road, in the eighteenth century it was an important communication route that connected Aix to Castellane. A battle took place on this Courchon in December 1746, one of the battles of the war of succession of Austria which earned Moustiers the fact to be occupied for a few days by the "pandors" (a word which designated the Austrian soldiers). This historic path, one of the jewels of the Provençal heritage, fruit of the ingenuity and work of the ancients is nevertheless fragile.
The earthenware from Moustiers
The fame of Moustiers is not only due to its site, as unique as it is. For many connoisseurs, Moustiers is synonymous of pottery and ancient coins made from "Moustiers", which are among the finest earthenware pieces in France and are highly sought after by connoisseurs. Many museums, many castles or aristocratic houses have one or more older pieces from Moustiers. One can admire them at the Sèvres Museum, the Museum of Lyon and the Louvre.
2 - Once at the Notre-Dame chapel, go down a few meters to take the path on the right (yellow markings) indicated chemin de la chaine. Climb the steep path until you reach a first cairn, follow the indication ravin de Notre-Dame. At the next intersection, 100m further follow baisse de Courchon.
3 - Once to the baisse of Courchon, (post with arrow 28) turn right on the Roman road, pass a small pass and then down on Moustiers by the Roman road.
Limitons les déplacements en voiture, pensons aux transports en commun ! - Prenez la ligne régionale BV1bis entre Riez et Castellane du 1 mai au 30 septembre Depuis Riez, départ 9h05, 10h35 retour 13h50, et 17h15, 19h40 (E1) du 1/07/22 au 31/08/22 Depuis Castellane, départ à 7h15, retour 16h35 et 19h30 (E1) du 1/07/22 au 31/08/22
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