Colmars, The Mysteries, JUL

The Mysteries of Colmars, AD 1700
Les Mystères de Colmars
Colmars-les-Alpes (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region)


an exciting travel in time and space in form of an itinerant investigation, both funny and educational, through the most remarkable heritage sites of a French alpine village, fortified by the famous military engineer Vauban, thanks to faithfully reconstructed tableaux vivants and the meeting with great historical characters such as Francis I, Napoleon Bonaparte, and of course Vauban himself...

Geographical, cultural and historical context

Colmars-les-Alpes is a charming village located in an amazing wooded mountain landscape at the confluence of the Verdon and Lance rivers, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department of southeastern France. The name of the village comes from a hill dedicated to Mars by the Romans ("Collo Marto"). Characterized by small lanes, beautiful old houses, roofs of larch shingles, streets paved with Verdon pebbles, pretty little squares with fountains, Colmars boasts also a remarkable military heritage. In the middle Ages, Colmars was a prosperous community with a municipal franchise and a flourishing drapery industry, and already at the end of the 14th century became a frontier village with the Duke of Savoy's territory in Italy. Following numerous wars and fires, Colmars was gradually reinforced over the centuries turning into a keystone of the French defence system. Today the territory of Colmars is recognized as a site of special natural, scientific or historical interest.

The today layout of well-developed fortifications date from the 17th century, when Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707 AD), Seigneur and Marquis de Vauban, Marshal of France and the foremost military engineer of his age, charged by King of France Louis XIV (1638-1715 AD) to further strengthen the frontier defence system, improved the two main fortifications watching the bridges: Fort de France to the south and Fort de Savoie to the north.


Event description and programme

After seven years of success with the show "Bienvenue Monsieur de Vauban", the town of Colmars-les-Alpes launched a new theatrical creation to tell the story of Vauban city, with the most remarkable heritage sites of the town (like Fort de France, Porte de France, Place St Jean, Place de l'Arsenal, Rempart du Barry Pace Neuve, Rampart Porte de Savoie, Fort de Savoie) serving as an ideal setting for the reconstructed tableaux vivants, providing an exciting journey through time and space involving the visitors in a sort of interactive investigation that is both entertaining and educational. During this journey through time and space, in the pursuit of the mysterious Dame Blanche, the partecipatns will meet great figures such as François I, Napoleon Bonaparte, and of course Vauban himself. Theatre, music and dance performances by street artists accompany the wandering event.

Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.

Info & Contact

Office de Tourisme de Colmars-les-Alpes Haut-Verdon
Address: Ancienne Auberge Fleurie, 04370 Colmars-les-Alpes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 92834192 | Fax: +33 (0)4 92835231

Provence Web - Guide Touristique de la Provence et de la Côte d'Azur

Alpes de Haute-Provence Tourisme - Agence de Développement Touristique des Alpes de Haute-Provence
Address: c/o Maison des Alpes de Haute-Provence, Immeuble François Mitterrand - BP 80170
04005 Digne-les-Bains Cedex – France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 92315729 | Fax: +33 (0)4 92322494

Image: Office de Tourisme de Colmars-les-Alpes
Text sources: Office de Tourisme de Colmars-les-Alpes, Alpes de Haute-Provence Tourisme, Wikipedia, Provence Web


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