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Dates  

fête folklorique : first Sunday in Aug.
Fête : 4 Sept ;

Florielle Abbey 

The Abbaye de Florielle was located about 4 km southeast of Tourtour, just before the Roman Bridge. To get there, head northeast out of the village on the D61 (direction Ampus). At about 1.2 km, a small road angles off to the right (southeast), following the Floriye Vallon, and following the ancient Roman Road (voie Romaine). The little Florielle chapel, ruins and oratory are on the left, just before the left-hand hairpin approaching the bridge.

The original Cistercian abbey was built here in 1136.

  

According to the book L’ordre cistercien by Francois Cali, the abbey was moved to Thoronet (see Thoronet Abbey) around 1146 ("1136. Le 14 avril, Paulin et douze moines de Mazan fondent Floregia, dans la petite vallee de la Florieille, pres de Tourtour en Provence. Vers 1146 ils se deplaceront au Thoronet, pres de Lorgues." Contributed by Elizabeth, Jan 2007.

 

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History    

Name 
First record, 4th century : Pontus Tortorii ; 12th century : Tortor.

Prehistoric : There are traces of prehistoric man at Arquinaud.

Gallo-Roman : this region has been inhabited since antiquity. There are Gallo-Roman ruins at Colombier, Evoué, St. Pierre and Treilles. In the small Vlorièye valley alone there were five oppidums and a Roman guard post. The Aurelian Way (Voie Aurélienne) passed by, and can still be seen about a km east of the village. 

Medieval : In 739, Charles Martel met the Saracens. In the 12th century, the Cistercian abbey was established at Esprains and then Florièye ; this was later moved to Thoronet, where you can see it today. In the 13th century, the Seigneurie des Blacas ruled, followed by Puget and Esparron. In the 17th century, five Seigneurs (Lords) shared the rule.

Dates  

fête folklorique : first Sunday in Aug.
Fête : 4 Sept ;

Florielle Abbey 

The Abbaye de Florielle was located about 4 km southeast of Tourtour, just before the Roman Bridge. To get there, head northeast out of the village on the D61 (direction Ampus). At about 1.2 km, a small road angles off to the right (southeast), following the Floriye Vallon, and following the ancient Roman Road (voie Romaine). The little Florielle chapel, ruins and oratory are on the left, just before the left-hand hairpin approaching the bridge.

The original Cistercian abbey was built here in 1136.

  

According to the book L’ordre cistercien by Francois Cali, the abbey was moved to Thoronet (see Thoronet Abbey) around 1146 ("1136. Le 14 avril, Paulin et douze moines de Mazan fondent Floregia, dans la petite vallee de la Florieille, pres de Tourtour en Provence. Vers 1146 ils se deplaceront au Thoronet, pres de Lorgues." Contributed by Elizabeth, Jan 2007.

 

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