Discovering this remarkable place with its landscape and environmental characteristics, it's a singulair experience.
The park is located on the « Plateau des Costières ». It's the first landform meeting the southerly winds arriving from the Mediterranean. A modest relief of about 200m high, this plateau is the border between the Camargue and the Gard department. Emerging on the horizon are in the north the foothills of the Cévennes, the east the Alpilles, the west Pic Saint Loup and in the south, a view overlooking the Camargue and Petite Camargue. These protected sites are known worldwide for their strategic positions on the route of migratory birds.
At the middle of the plateau, Château Pérouse is a natural enviable place. The climate and landscape are a tasty blend of Provence, Languedoc, Cévennes and the Seaside.
History of the region.
The botanical park is located near the village of Saint-Gilles, built near the site of a greek trading post. This village owes its origin and its development to the Christians’ devotion for the tomb of Saint Gilles, who was buried there in 721.
In 1231, Saint Gilles comprised seven parishes. The first « great priory of Saint Jean of Jerusalem » in Europe, was founded here at the beginning of the twelfth century by Raymond IV.
The city was the birthplace of Pope Clement IV in the late twelfth century. He was the 183rd pope of the Catholic Church from 1265 to 1268. Four councils took place in Saint-Gilles. The abbey of Saint-Gilles was secularized by a bull of Pope Paul III in 1538. The abbey has been part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1998. Saint Gilles is the final destination of the Régordane, legendary road of pilgrimage, one of the most important stages of the St. James' Way.
About the history of the site
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