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The Saint Antonin Hill

Colline st Antonin - 84410 BEDOIN
 
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The Saint Antonin Hill

The Saint Antonin hill has been one of the most ancient sites occupied and developped by man since time immemorial. It is a remarkable natural site. It offers exceptional views on the whole village and the south face of the Ventoux at the foot of which is the Church Saint-Pierre and facing the other way it opens onto beautiful panoramic views on the Comtadine plain.
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Colline st Antonin - 84410 BEDOIN

Website: www.bedoin.fr

This hill is also called Collet-Redon which means small round mount. Although deserted nowadays, it was the first occupied site where the first seigniorial castle and the ancient parish church were situated.

Today it bears the name of the patron saint of the village, St Antonin, who is celebrated on the 13th September. The legend says that during the wars of religion in the 16th century, Protestants plundered the church and burnt the Saint’s relics and then spread the ashes on the hill.

 The first seigniorial castle

Under the vegetation, you can guess the foundation of the castle as it was built in Medieval times. Damaged in the 15thcentury, the lords abandoned it and built another castle further east in the village alongside the battlements near the Gate St Jean. It was built re-using the original stones from the first structure - especially in the construction of the church. 

 The ancient Parish church

In the 10th century the “castrum” of Bedoin was given to the Abbey of Montmajour. It seems that a chapel already existed there at the time and that it was in its place that the first parish church and rectory were constructed.   

Towards the end of the 16th century, the church, dedicated to St Martin, was showing serious signs of dilapidation. In 1688, it collapsed.

Given that “it was not big enough to contain the people of the said place, that access was almost impracticable especially in winter for people who wanted to attend divine services, that thus it was impossible to take infants there safely to christen them”, it was re-built a little lower, in its current place.

For a while, a chapel dedicated to St Anne remained. It was in this chapel as well as in the chapel St Jean situated by the Gate of the same name that services took place while the new church was being built.

The cemetery

From the High Middle Ages, the custom was to bury the dead in immediate proximity of the churches and even inside them. Thus, this cemetery is very ancient. At the end of the 19th century, for hygiene and convenience reasons, it was transferred to its current site, outside the village. 

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