In the 19th century, Aiguines was inhabited by 900 persons. Half of the population was living in the village, and the rest of the population, horse breeders or sheep farmers, was living in the Plan de Canjuers. During this period, woodturnery was very developed, till the end of World War II.
Today, the village has become a famous tourist destination. The woodturning remains in centre of the village’s concern. It is why a museum telling the history of this art, and a school sharing the techniques of traditional and contemporary turning were created.
– Aiguino in Provençal language
– 257 inhabitants
– Surface area of Commune: 114 square kilometers
The Saint-Pierre chapel and its panoramic table dominate the village. This viewpoint offers a unique panorama on the Sainte-Croix lake and Valensole plateau. Close to the chapel, you can find several vestiges of the ancient castle.
The old alleys have not changed, with their ancient typical houses with terrace and arched step.
The Fountain Place was renovated in 1999. You will find there fountains of course, but also the belfry (a square bell tower with cylindrical campanile), shady terraces and the washtub.
The Saint-Jean parish church has been developed for several centuries, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century. At the beginning, it was a little chapel in the middle of a churchyard. Then the church has been extended in the middle of the 17th century, especially the nave, flanked by two side chapels. You will find there a Christ on the cross ranked as Historic Monument.
The Castle has been mentionned since the Middle Ages, but its construction date is not exactly known. The ancient fortified castle belonged to Lord De Sabran, and was restored in 1606 thanks to Balthazar De Gautier. At the time of this latter’s descendants, towards 1720 and 1750, the castle and its outbuildings were transformed and the gardens were fitted out. In 1989, spoilt by ages and by elements, it was bought back from the marchioness De Foresta’ descendants, and then renovated. Its gardens are ranked while its roofs and façades are registrated as Historic Monuments. Today, the castle is private and cannot be visited.
The Museum of Woodturning, installed in a modern building in the center of the village, will help you understand how the boxwood studded bowls were made, the heritage of Provencal culture, through the games of pétanque