Durban-Corbières, in the Languedoc (Occitan) region of France.
"Les hommes des souches" is a Corbières' saying describing local people whose families have lived in the area for a very long time and who have worked the land, tending the vines and producing wine.
The souche is the vine plant and the roots go down very deep into the soil. Durban people feel connected with their town, their land, their families and the history of the town which goes back to pre-Christian periods.
|Achaeological evidence suggests that there were Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements close to the town.
There is a site of an early Christian church dedicated to Saint Just and also a chapel dedicated to St. Ruphine, dating from the Visigothic period. The Visigoths overran the whole of this part of France as the Roman Empire collapsed. Local people talk of these ruins and of other chapels situated in isolated places as having been built on pre-Christian. sites where there is a water source.
The first recorded evidence of the town of Durban is early Ⅺ century.
There is a "Mediterranean Botanical Garden" worthy of a visit.
|The Château which dominates the hill above the old town and can be seen from miles away has vestiges of a medieval building but also of later construction in the ⅩⅥ
The old Medieval town of Durban climbs the hill from the River Berre and up towards the Château and the Church of Saint Just and Saint Pasteur.
The streets are narrow and the best way to explore them is on foot although you can take a car up to the Château.
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