Cévennes National Park

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Cévennes National Park
Parc national des Cévennes
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Cevennes Florac Mimente depuis Causse Mejean.jpg
Florac and of the Cévennes National Park seen from Causse Méjean
Map showing the location of Cévennes National Park
Map showing the location of Cévennes National Park
Coordinates44°11′38″N 3°34′53″E / 44.19389°N 3.58139°E / 44.19389; 3.58139Coordinates: 44°11′38″N 3°34′53″E / 44.19389°N 3.58139°E / 44.19389; 3.58139
Established2nd Sep 1970
The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Causse Mejean, Cevennes National Park, France.jpg
Causse Méjean in Massif Central, Cévennes National Park, France
CriteriaCultural: iii, v
Inscription2011 (35th Session)
Area302,319 ha
Buffer zone312,425 ha

The Cévennes National Park (French: Parc national des Cévennes) is a national park located in southern France, in the mountainous area of Cévennes.

Created in 1970, the park has its administrative seat in Florac at Florac Castle. It is located mainly in the départements of Lozère and Gard, and covers some parts of Ardèche and Aveyron. The Aven Armand cave is located in the park. In 2011, the Park was made a part of The Causses and the Cévennes, Mediterranean agro-pastoral Cultural Landscape UNESCO World Heritage site.[1]


Map of the Cévennes National Park, showing in red the central protected zone and, in green, the area encompassed by the park.

The park includes several mountains and plateaus, including: Mont Lozère, Mont Aigoual, Causse Méjean, France. Mont Lozère is the highest peak in the area, reaching 1,699 metres.


The Cévennes country is rich of history, with a strong cultural identity, being at the heart of Camisard revolt, which followed the revocation of the Edict of Nantes (the Edict of Fontainebleau), after which Protestants were actively prosecuted.[2] Numerous testimonies of Camisard war in the Cévennes abund in towns and villages of the Cévennes National Park. A permanent exhibition devoted to the memory of Camisards has been elaborated at the old temple of Le Rouve (commune of Saint-André-de-Lancize).[3]

The temple of Rouve Bas: today desacralized, it is a memorial devoted to the Camisard war in Bougès mountains (Cévennes)

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  1. ^ http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1153
  2. ^ Antoine Court de Gébelin (2009), Histoire des troubles des Cévennes ou de la guerre des camisards sous le règne de Louis le Grand, reprint of the original text published in 1760. Editions Lacour-Ollé, Nîmes (in French)[1]
  3. ^ The first Camisards and freedom of conscience.