VTT N°19 - The Durzon spring and St-Alban
The gardens of Nant and their irrigation canal, the resurgence of the Durzon and its clear water, the hamlet of Mas du Pré as suspended in time, the Saint-Alban hill, the Romanesque chapel of Saint-Martin du Vican: all the landscaped and built jewels that mark this demanding and fresh itinerary in the heart of a bucolic valley. To discover!
The covered Market
The covered market was rebuilt in 1706 an 1707, the first stone was laid on March, 13, 1706.
It is a squat, rectangular construction (30 m long and 8 m wide) with 12 pillars supporting the vault, interconnected by a semicircular arch.
On a pillar, a plaque commemorates the events of August 14 and 15, 1944 when two Nant’s civilians and seven maquisards from “Maquis des Corsaires” were shot.
Listed in the inventory of Historic Monuments since April 13, 1944.
The Durzon Spring
The flow of the source varies between 0,8m3/s and 35m3/s and has an average temperature of 11,13°C. The Durzon river runs for 6km and flows into the Dourbie river at the place "La Mouline".
- From the parking, pass the old market and go to the square "Place St-Jacques". Take the path called “Chemin des Vernèdes hautes”, a beautiful little path between the gardens, which follows an irrigation canal on 600m before finding on a small road (D178) towards the spring “Source du Durzon”
- Turn left and continue on the road for 5km before reaching the spring. Let’s take a break and admire this special and peaceful place.
- Go back on the right bank of the Durzon: cross the small concrete bridge and turn left on a path along the stream with a luxuriant vegetation, moss covers trees and the light has difficulty to land on the ground.
- At the end of the path, at the cross, take right towards the hamlet “Mas du Pré” on the hillside. A slightly steep track at the beginning will allow you to reach a pass.
- Turn left to follow the St-Alban hill halfway up. From the pass, continue on the track on 1km then on a small single to go down on the other side of St-Alban. You will arrive near the Romanesque church St-Martin du Vican (12th century).
- Turn left on 200m then right the road towards the village.
Tourist Office Larzac et Vallées
Place du Claux, 12230 NANT
Located on the ground floor of the Town Hall (mansion of the 18th century), The Tourist Office welcomes you all year and offers tourist information on the Larzac and its valleys, the department of Aveyron, and also on neighboring counties. Free Wifi access.
Opening hours :
From Novembre to February: Tuesday morning 9:00-12:30
March and October : Tuesday to Friday 9:00-12:30
April : Tuesday to Friday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30
May, June : Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30
July and August : every day 10:00-12:30 and 14:30-18:00
September : Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-17:30
Access and parking
From Millau, by the D991 (Dourbies Gorges) or the D809 and D999 (Larzac plateau).
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What to see
From the 10th century, Benedictine monks drained this marshy site by creating a network of channels that still run through the village and have meant that Nant is called "the garden of the Aveyron". Until the suppression of the abbey by royal decree in 1777, life in the village was organised around monastic life whose irrigation work enables the agricultural boom. The richness of the local heritage merits more than just a brief stop: 11th and 12th century abbey-church of Saint Pierre, the 14th century church of Saint Jacques, the 17th and 18th century Penitents' chapel, the Mairie, the Halle and the Roc Nantais, the 14th century La Prade bridge.
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What to see
Three periods of works mark the construction of the church in Nant: the first was the apse, the apsidoles and the transept, the second was the nave, the third was the western masonry work. The study of the architecture shows the history of the works from the east to the west. Starting with the oldest part, around 1070, (the chevet and the transept), and after an interruption of a short time, the nave walls were built in 1080-1090. Then the construction of the western masonry work and the vaults in the nave, after 1140-1150. (Anne-Marie Pécheur).
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In the heart of the garden of Aveyron, come to escape by hiking or mountain bike, and discover the cultural and gastronomic riches. Privileged place for fishing and nature sports enthusiasts. A quiet place, conducive to relaxation and a friendly atmosphere where young and old feel good. Looking forward to seeing you soon to discover our beautiful region!
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