"small and nice village" Crest by ines2003

Crest Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 10 photos

highest keep in France, 5é m high, overlooking the town, the Tower of Crest guard one of the rare gates in the Pre-Alps of the Drôme area. A typical example of the evolution of medieval architecture, In 1217 Simond de Monfort depended to carry on the crusade against the Albigensians. Between the 15 th C and the 19 th C The Tower of Crets was used as a prison, it is the living expressioon of the plight of common criminals, protestants, libertines and republicans, It is one of those rare French monument which, while not forgetting its historical value, provides entertainments, exhibitions, recreations of scenes? for its visitors ; Reliving an eventful history, in contemporary or classical style. Beyond itd aspect, the Tower of crest, provides an exceptional view : the foothills of the Vercors, the « Trois Bec », forest of Saoù, the Rhône Valley and the mountains of the Ardéche.

On the rock which commands the town stands a huge keep, the sole survival of a castle (12th century) to which Crest was indebted for its importance in the middle ages and the Religious Wars. The rest of the castle was destroyed in the first half of the 17th century, after which the keep was used as a state prison. Crest ranked for a time as the capital of the duchy of Valentinois, and in that capacity belonged before the Revolution to the prince of Monaco. The communal charter, graven on stone and dating from the 12th century, is preserved in the public archives. Ten miles south-east of Crest lies the picturesque Forest of Saon.

  • Last visit to Crest: Mar 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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