Roussillon : the country where land is color
Roussillon: the country where land is color.
Village classified among the finest in France, it is perched on a ocher hill, surrounded by cliffs with shades ranging from pale yellow to bright red. These colors provide a striking contrast with the green pines, the blue sky and the white mountains of Vaucluse and Luberon which surround it. The village overlooks the biggest deposit of ochre, a mineral used since Antiquity as a color pigment. Houses are coated with it, to protect them against humidity, giving them this colored character so special.
The visit of St. Michael's Church, on the edge of the cliff is of great interest, as the panorama, from the ruins of the ancient castrum.
Many artists were naturally attracted by Roussillon: Jean Cocteau, Carzou, Bernard Buffet, Ambrogiani and many others. Many galleries display works of artists or potters using local colors.