Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The French village of the time of Galileo

La Roque-Gageac - a village located in the region of Aquitaine. The village is part of the association's most beautiful villages in France. La Roque-Gageac located along the Dordogne River, 8 km south-west of Sarlat-la-Canéda.
People came here in prehistoric times. In memory of themselves they have left carvings on the stones.
In the Middle Ages in La Roque Gageac had 1,500 residents. At the time, lived mostly fishermen. In this village is the mansion of the family Tarde, surrounded by a circular tower. Here lived the Italian Giovanni Tarde, a botanist, a friend of Galileo. The estate was built in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years' War, the village has suffered a bit, but the castle is still challenging time.
January 17, 1957 part of the rock falls on the village of La Roque-Gageac, destroying six houses and a barn, blocking the road. Three people were killed.
January 9, 2010 piece of rock fell on the house again.
June 3, 2010 at the beginning of tourist season, there was a threat drop 320 tons of rocks, hanging over the village. Was made evokuatsiya people and made ​​the tension networks on the rocks. Following the work done in La Roque-Gageac rediscovering July 10, 2010, and people were able to return home. But it is still opastnost falling rocks.
Villages have their own special micro-climate because of the rocks, which obscures the province from north winds. This allows to grow tropical plants in the street, creating a special charm to this place.

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