To the South of Mende - Le Valdonnez
The plain of Valdonnez, bordered to the north and west by the Causse de Mende and the Causses of Changefège and Sauveterre, overlooked to the east and south by Mont-Lozère, is composed mainly of fertile farmland.
The entire valley is a patchwork of water meadows and bears the traces of ancient human occupation. Megaliths and tumuli attest to human presence very early in history.
The Mausoleum of Lanuejols confirms the settlement of a population in this fertile part of the Gevaudan / Lozere in Gallo-Roman times.
Le Truc de Balduc
This unique "Truc" (a small Causse) dominates and divides the valley of Valdonnez and gives the plain, surrounded by rocky massifs, its particular feature.
A guidebook of walks in the Valdonnez published by the Cevennes National Park includes a series of fact sheets on short, easy trails.
It is on sale at the Tourist Office.
|A village marked by its history: its name is of Celtic origin, meaning "the clearing sanctuary". There are vestiges of the Gallo-Roman era and Middle Ages.|
The Gallo-romain mausoleum of Lanuéjols (classified as a historical monument since 1840)
In the Roman world mausoleums were great tombs built by the wealthy classes.
Roman church of Saint-Pierre in Lanuèjols.
Built in the twelfth century and enlarged in the fourteenth century, this church is constructed of “tuf” (a local, friable limestone). Before the revolution it sported an octagonal tower. It has been a historical monument since 1929.
Chateau du Boy.
Residence of the lords of Tournel from the fourteenth century, the chateau was partly destroyed during the early religious wars and rebuilt in the renaissance. At present, it is a specialist treatment center. You can also admire an ancient menhir look at the castle entrance.
The Village of Balsièges, at the confluence of the rivers Lot and Bramont, marks the entrance to the Northwest plain of Valdonnez plain.
Chapel and hermitage of Saint-Chaoussou:
The first occupation of this cave dates back to 2500 BC. It was later converted into a chapel.
|The Dolmens of Changefège:|
Lozère is the second site in France for megaliths. It would still be tso if only the stones on the Causse de Changefège were counted.
Saint-Étienne du Valdonnez
The village of Saint-Etienne of Valdonnez is set upon the Mont-Lozère.
Fage "tower of torment" (bell tower).
The Gorges du Bramont.(bell tower, communal oven, windmill), les Laubies, le Bassy, la Borie.
| The castle ruins of Montialoux: |
built in the twelfth century, this fortress guarded the entrance of Valdonnez, surveyed Montmirat and communicated with other castles belonging to the lords of Tournel.
|Saint-Bauzile Roman church (14th century).|
The village of Falisson on the Causse de Sauveterre (dating from Gallic times with Lavogne andcaussenard architecture).