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Merindol in Luberon

Mérindol stands hight over the plain of the Durance to the Alpilles. Located in the Luberon Regional Natural Park, the village knows has some natural assets & a quality environment.

Because of the village ideal location, the Regional Natural Park decided to set up an ornithological observatory here, on the banks of the Durance River.

Flagship of the Waldenses' Historical road; Mérindol is still today the guardian of a history that marked Provence and more particularly the Luberon in the 16th century: The Waldenses' History.

 Ruins of Merindol

The Waldenses (aka Waldesians) massacre in Luberon

The Waldenses followed Valdès' theories (Pierre Valdo). He created in 1170 a religious movement called "Les Pauvres de Lyon" (the Poors of Lyon).

The 1545 massacre in Mérindol was ordered by the Parliament of Aix against the Waldenses, who had then rallied the Protestant religion. In only five days, 3000 people were slaughtered and 24 villages devastated, including Mérindol and Cabrières d'Avignon.

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