•Vaucluse (84240) • Population: 1,053 • Altitude: 400 m
This little walled village on the farming plains of the eastern Luberon mountains is an interesting place for a visit and a great place for an overnight stay.
Most of the limited commerce is along the main road through the village, including a couple of good cafés. The walled part of the village is picturesque, beginning with the Medieval entry portal and including small streets, ancient doorways, an old church and a Medieval castle.
Two of the old entry ports through the defensive walls remain from the 14th century [Photo-04].
A small stream runs through the center of the old village, channeled in a wide cemented passage.
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History of La Bastide-des-Jourdans
First record, 13th century Bastida Jordanorum
Gallo-Roman: The village was created in the Middle Ages, but there was a Gallo-Roman villa here, and a borne miliaire found here indicates the passage of a Roman Road.
Medieval: The earliest know site here was the priory Saint-Pierre de Pomeroi in 1027, later converted into an agricultural building. In 1176 the Knights Templars built a Commanderie at Limaye (a Gallic name), and the ruins are still visible on the Limaye Farm. Their stone chapel Saint-Marcel was westernized — with the apse at the west.
The village of La Bastide was founded in 1253 by the Jourdan's, who remained Lords until the 14th century. The built the chapelle Saint-Lambert, dated 1274.
In 1378, Reine Jeanne (Queen Jane) confiscated La Bastide-des-Jourdans, along with other Provençal properties, in revolt against the kingdom of Naples. The last Medieval ruler was Raymond II d'Agoult in 1385.
• GPS: 43.785842, 5.634959
IGN (1/25,000) #3342 OT "Manosque, Forcalquier"
IGN (1/25,000) #3243 OT "Pertuis, Lourmarin"
Didier Richard (1/50,000) #14 "Luberon, Sainte-Victoire"
Transportation La Bastide-des-Jourdans
Department 84, Vaucluse Buses
- See Beyond's Bus Schedules Page 2: Vaucluse Department for downloading Vaucluse bus-lines map [Plan global des lignes] and bus-line schedules [pdf for each line] (link for PDF files).
• Avignon has train or bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nîmes, Saint Remy-de-Provence, Paris.
• Cavaillon has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Saint Remy-de-Provence.
• Pertuis has bus connections to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.