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Merindol in Luberon

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Mérindol contemplates the plain of the Durance to the Alpilles. Located in the Luberon Regional Natural Park, the village knows how to play its natural assets in a quality environment.

It is thanks to this ideal location that the Regional Natural Park decided to set up an ornithological observatory on the banks of the Durance River.

Village symbol on the Route Historique des Vaudois; Mérindol is still today the guardian of a memory that marked Provence and more particularly the Luberon in the 16th century: the history of the Vaudois.

 Ruins of Merindol

The massacre of the Vaudois in Luberon

The Vaudois of the Luberon followed the doctrines of Valdès (Pierre Valdo), creator in 1170 of a religious movement called Les Poor de Lyon.

The massacre of Mérindol in 1545 was ordered by the Parliament of Aix against the Vaudois of the Luberon who were rallied to the Protestant religion. This massacre of 3000 people in five days devastated 24 villages of Luberon, including Mérindol and Cabrières d'Avignon.

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