•Gard (30500) • Population: 3,401 • Altitude: 151 m
Saint Ambroix is a once-walled Medieval town on the upper valley of the Cèze, and nicely located at the eastern edge of the Cevennes and only 30 minutes southwest of the Ardèche Gorges. It's a busy town, with cafés, shops and stores, much more oriented to an active local population that tourists.
Saint Ambroix isn't particularly pretty, but there are some nice squares, and we liked the row of colorful houses along the Place de l'Esplanade, with the Medieval Duges tower on the hilltop behind.
On Tuesdays the Place de l'Esplanade is filled with an important market, serving the needs of the town and surrounding villages.
The Medieval spirit of St Ambroix can be felt in the narrow streets circling the base of the hill, between the town center and the old fortified hilltop site of Duges. These streets are a bit dingy and, by their very narrowness, don't get much light, but the streets are clean and they have the feeling of what the town was like a few hundred years ago.
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History of Saint Ambroix
Prehistoric: The Dugas rock was a protohistoric cult site, with signs of ritual human sacrifice.
Celto-Ligurian: Both Celtic and Roman artifacts have been discovered in St Ambroix, but we couldn't find any significant historical information about them.
Medieval: The Dugas hilltop was fortified in the Middle Ages
Tel : 04 66 24 33 36
Market day: Tue.
Transportation Saint Ambroix
Department 30, Gard Buses
- See Beyond's Gard Department Bus Schedules for Gard bus-lines maps and bus-line schedules (Horaires).
Maps (Plans) for the Gard bus lines are on the www.edgard.fr website, with a flash webpage for each of five zones around Nîmes (www.edgard-transport.fr/plan/?rub_code=5).
Schedules for the Gard bus lines are available via the www.edgard.fr website horaires page (www.edgard-transport.fr/horaires/?rub_code=23).