Cévennes National Park
|Cévennes National Park|
|Parc national des Cévennes|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Florac and of the Cévennes National Park seen from Causse Méjean
|Established||2nd Sep 1970|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
Causse Méjean in Massif Central, Cévennes National Park, France
|Criteria||Cultural: iii, v|
|Inscription||2011 (35th Session)|
|Buffer zone||312,425 ha|
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.
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. 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).
Points of interest
- List of national parks of France
- Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879) by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Official Site (English, French)
- The Cevennes National Park (English, French, Dutch & German)
- https://web.archive.org/web/20040211160840/http://www.bsi.fr/pnc/ (in French)
- Regordane Info - The independent portal for The Regordane Way or St Gilles Trail. The Regordane Way crosses The Cévennes (in English and French)
- 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)
- The first Camisards and freedom of conscience.