Buildings in the heights of Saint-Roman-de-Malegarde
|Area1||8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi)|
|• Density||35/km2 (90/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||84117 / 84290|
|Elevation||125–366 m (410–1,201 ft)
(avg. 200 m or 660 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
On the edge of the Vaucluse, looking onto the border with the Drôme and dozing between Bollène and Vaison-la-Romaine, Saint-Romain-de-Malegarde is a former outpost of the order of the Knights Templar, built on the left bank of the Aygues on the northern border of the Comtat Venaissin.
The top of the old village is built on a hill, where the streets are steep and narrow. The bottom of the village has absorbed new buildings such as the school and the mairie (town hall). Its parish church in the centre of the village dates back to the 13th century. Its façade is decorated with an 18th-century sundial and a Maltese cross. There is also the remains of an ancient 12th-century château. All that remains is three towers. The middle one is a troglodyte part of the former fortress.
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