Tourist interests: Church of Saint Luke (16th century) and its old cemetery, St Sauveur Gate,Truffle and Wine Museum, The bell tower (15th century), Old prison, Chapel Saint-Blaise (18th century), Dolmen de la Pitchoune, Abbey Saint-Hilaire, Corkscrew Museum
As soon as the 11th century, Ménerbes had been the percfect stronghold thanks to its perched location.
In the Middle Ages, Saint-Louis founded the Saint-Hilaire priory on his way back from the Crusades.
In the 16th century, wars of religion strongly affected the history of Ménerbes. The Catholic troops of the King of France and the Pope besieged the village for 5 years before taking down the Waldesians who lived there.
Menerbes, labeled as 'Most Beautiful Villages of France', gained popularity thanks to the writer Peter Mayle and his novel 'A Year in Provence'.
The cobbled streets, the beautiful houses and mansions from the 16th to the 18th century, attracted many famous artists such as Nicolas de Staël, Picasso and Dora Maar,...
Must-sees: the Castellet and the Citadel (private), the 14th century church of the Assumption and its primitive pieces of art, the belfry and its bell tower, Clovis Hugues' bust, a poet and a politician 1851/1907.
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