Chorges, City caturige

Guided tour of Chorges :

Le Pays d'Art et d'Histoire, Pays Serre-Ponçon Ubaye Durance, offers a visit of the old center with a tasting of local products.
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Chorges has a rich history in twists and turns. Its ancestral name from the Latin "caturigomagus", which means "the market of the war kings" is significant. The Caturiges, a Celtic tribe fro
m Western Europe settled in the region around 400 BC.
They were hunters, breeders, farmers but especially big traders with the neighboring tribes of northern Italy. This municipality close to the Serre Ponçon lake kept traces of its tumultuous past.

Chapels in hamlets :

St Roch AT lES Bernards, St Louis de Gonzague at Les Chaussins, St Pelade at Fein, St Pierre in the Bourget at St Jacques at Chanteloube.

St Victor church :

Listed as a Historic Monument in 1862, built in the 12th century by the monks of St Victor de Marseille. Particular characteristic : the rectangular shape of the nave and the choir with five sides. Made in a composite style, it has kept traces of Romanesque style but it also has architectural elements of  Gothic style.

The bridge of Chanteloube or Moulette Viaduct:

This stone work measures 234m and has 14 arches.It stans Serre Ponçon lake and it is visible in periods of low water level. The construction of the bridge dates from the early 1900, it was originally intended to serve as a railway linking Chorges and Barcelonette (Alpes de Haute-Provence). This work of art was eventually made for nothing since the railway line was definetely abandoned in 1936. We call it nowadays "the unfinished railway"

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