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Orpierre

Pop : 335h Elevation : 698m
Department of Hautes Alpes


From Sisteron, by RN75 then D 30


Nestling at the foot of rocky crags, impressive vertical cliffs and located on the "Road of the Princes of Orange", Orpierre is a real village of the South, with its little square shaded by plane trees and limetrees, occupied by nonchalant boule players, and its pretty church with its round apse.

Historically, Orpierre was successively a stronghold for the Dauphinois, Burgundy, Germans and French (in 1713). It is very pleasant to stroll along its cool narrow cobbled streets (high heels to be avoided!), admiring the remains of a very fine architectural heritage dating back to the 16th century...

However sometimes all that's left is a Renaissance faade with nothing behind it: an imposing fountain, a seigneurial prison, a "barral" oven which everyone could use to bake their bread, provided they paid the oven taxes, old beautifully proportioned doors (17th century), numerous vaulted archways and covered passageways. Don't forget to take a look at the Chalon-Arlay house (1334-1530).

If you simply walk along La Grand Rue, and then through the "quartier des Manants" (peasants' quarter) you'll take an unforgettable journey through time.

Even from above, Orpierre is a delight to the eye, with its Roman tile roofs, with vertiginous rocky crags in the background. Orpierre is not to be missed if you like old buildings !


Worth visiting :

the Chalon-Arlay house (1334-1530)

Leisure activities :

Climbing (Via Ferrata). Canyoning. Hang-gliding. Paragliding.
Hiking (470 km of waymarked footpaths in the Buch area).
Mountain-biking. Fishing.

Accommodation :

1 holiday centre. Gtes, hiking gtes, farm gtes.
Bed & breakfast 1 campsite. Restaurants.

Neighbouring villages not to be missed :

Lagrand (8km)

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