I had intended to show more of Oradour, the place in France left in ruins after Nazi reprisals, but I've left my photos in France, so if you are interested I'm afraid you will have to refer to my earlier post.
Instead I will go further back in time and show you another place in France, this one left to become a ruin with time. It is the Oppidum d'Ensérune, an ancient hill town in the south of France dating from pre-Roman times. From archaeological records, settlement there seems to have started in the 6th century BC, and disappeared some time during the first centruy AD.
Extensive excavation has been carried out throughout the site which is on top of a hill. The first ruins I saw were of individual buildings, here and there.
But then moving on into the main area, I realised that the town must have been quite extensive at one time.
It was clear from the view that the inhabitants must have been able to see enemies approaching for many miles, this obviously the reason for its position.
This view over the Etang de Montardy would have looked completely different, when a lake filled the area. It wasn't drained until the 13th century.
From my point of view, although the ruins were interesting, the views are what I remember best - combined with the chill wind blowing that day, they were breathtaking!
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