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The village

About thirty kilometers from Montpellier, between Gignac and Saint-Martin-de-Londres


Puéchabon is a medieval village located about thirty kilometers from Montpellier, between Gignac and Saint-Martin-de-Londres. It was founded in the 11th century as a strategic high-ground settlement. Etymologically, Puéchabon means "Le Puech d'Abon."

Perched on its promontory and overlooking the sun-drenched garrigue lands, Puéchabon winds its narrow streets up to the summit, with old stone houses weathered by time. It offers a serene and pleasant ambiance in a well-preserved medieval atmosphere.

Located about thirty kilometers northwest of Montpellier, between Gignac and Saint-Martin-de-Londres, Puéchabon is the perfect example of a Languedoc circular village. Originating from a human settlement on a strategic high-ground position (in Occitan, "puech" or "pioch" means elevated site, promontory, or peak), the village gradually organized around an 11th-century fort, of which no remains exist today. The houses and streets then developed in concentric circles around this highest point. The entirety of its walls and ramparts date back to the 12th century, reinforced in the 14th century.

This unique architecture gives circular villages a rustic and authentic charm that Puéchabon has managed to preserve.

The high tower bell, which dominates the village, signals the Notre Dame church, a building that, although recent (mid-19th century), remains remarkable for its imposing size and atypical bell tower.

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