UNESCO World Heritage site
Presentation of the classified site:
Causses and the Cevennes, the agro-pastoralisme landscapes Mediterranean one registered on the list of the world heritage in 2011.
About convention concerning heritage protection world, cultural and natural, Causses and the Cevennes are reproduced on the list of the world heritage on the agro-pastoralisme topic Mediterranean one.
The registration of this list devotes the exceptional universal value of one
The site extends on 3,000 km ² South from the Massif Central to the doors from the Mediterranean.
Landscape of mountain crossed by many valleys, it is representative of the relation between the agropastoraux systems and their physical environment. That results in the presence of marked out open mediums of drailles, of ponds, used by the herds transhumants, and of an important floristic diversity.
The villages and the stone farmhouses located on the terraces of the Cevennes and the plates of Causses reflect the organization of the religious orders as from the 11th century. A pilot territory of an alive economy agropastorale, which is worth to him today its registration with the world heritage of Humanity.
Around this registered territory, are five cities, Ales, Ganges, Lodève, Mende and Millau, true departure gates towards Causses and the Cevennes, these very different cities are not therefore foreign from/to each other thanks to a History and a territory from now on registered voter who bind them.
The sector of Mende is concerned with this exceptional distinction since the city constitutes one of the main doors of this territory.
Mende is considered to be one of the gateways to the Grand Causses and Cevennes region - a magnificent natural setting where a diversity of Mediterranean landscapes have been shaped by man for millennia.
The limestone plateaus of the Causses (Causse Mejean, Sauveterre, Causse Noir) are incised by Gorges (the Gorges du Tarn and Gorges de la Jonte) and valleys (the Valley of the river Lot, for example), with rugged Cévennes schists, Mont Lozère and Aigoual granite. The visitor is confronted with a variety of magical images - geological fingerprints in the rock as the land has been laboriously tamed by local farmers - the caussenards of the Cevennes for whom agro-pastoralism is the way of life.
This culture, witness to a unique agrarian history, is today embodied in the exceptional landscapes and architectural heritage on the small scale - in villages, farm buildings, cattle tracks, sheep shelters, roof cisterns and drinking pools.
In this completely preserved natural space, partially covered by the Cévennes National Park and the Regional Natural Park of Grands Causses, the visitor can relax, recharge and discover the myriad facets of one of the most fascinating territories along the Mediterranean arc.
Hikes through the country are punctuated by stops at the farms and auberges along the way where the local people are used to visitors and are always welcoming. Surrounded by flocks of sheep or goats, and tasting all the natural products of the farms - Pélardon, Roquefort, all kinds of delicious cheeses, and other produce, you'll experience the best examples of the dynamic and inventive art of agro-pastoralism.
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