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Rita Crane Photography: France / Provence / village / stone / medieval village / walls / Village of Gorbio, Maritime Alps, Provence

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I'm preparing some new photos, but for today, I'll share this one from my photostream, posted a few years ago on Flickr, for contacts who never saw it before. There are four photos at this post. See the three of Eygalieres, below. Happy Monday, Flickr friends!


Description: Gorbio is a fantastic ancient village near the French border with Italy, perched up on a hill among high mountains, inland from the Cote D'Azur. Here is some interesting information, excerpted for you from this link:


"According to legend, Saint Barnabe is said to have created Gorbio. A former possession of the County of Vintimille, then of Provence. Gorbio was ceded to the Dukes of Savoy in 1388. The Sardes would rule over the village up until the 1860 referendum which declared France the new governing country.


Gorbio, a walled medieval town with gothic ogival gates, is constructed around a central castle. The streets paved in the 17th century tradition of interlocking stones lead to the central square of Saint Barthelemy’s church whose Baroque edifice also dates to the 17th century. Behind the church is the 19th century family home of the Counts of Malaussene.From here one can see the ruins of the Lascaris Palace and the Defense Tower dating back to the 13th century.In the town’s central square, the shade of a centuries-old elm tree and the coolness of a stone fountain provide a marvelous spot for old-timers and visitors alike to linger throughout warm afternoons."


Pour lire au sujet de Gorbio et trouver des liens - en francais - voir : : "Gorbio est une commune française, située dans le département des Alpes-Maritimes et la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Ses habitants sont les Gorbarins. En langue niçoise (Georges Castellana), la ville est appelée Gòrbi et ses habitants lu Gourbarenc ; « à Gorbio même on dit Gour, lu Gourbarin ». Les Gorbarins eux-mêmes disent "Gouarbe", attesté sous la forme Coarbo en 1376. Gorbio est un petit village perché dans une vallée au-dessus de Menton et Roquebrune."


Et voir aussi le site officiel de Gorbio ici:


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Taken on February 24, 2007