Moustiers

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30 September 2021  |  Tourism

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Moustiers is officially one of the 'prettiuest villages in France'. It lies at the western entrance to the Verdon Gorge.

Moustiers

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Moustiers

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Moustiers

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The village was built on platform terraces a hundred or so metres up the side of a limestone cliff. At twilight, when the sun on a clear day strikes the south-facing cliff, a diffuse pink light glows across the village. Above the town, a gold-painted star hangs on a 225m-long chain suspended between two cliffs. Its origin, according to a legend popularised by Provençal poet Frédéric Mistral, lies in the 10th century; the original star and chain have been replaced several times since then. The current star is about 50 years old. Ten years ago it fell after the chain snapped, and was rehung using a helicopter.

Moustiers star

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