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My favourite sundials in the Queyras

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The Queyras is in the Département of the Hautes-Alpes, in southwestern France. The Queyras area lies to the south of Briançon. The largest towns are Briançon and Gap. Grenoble to the north is the nearest major airport, and the Italian border forms the eastern boundary of the Département. It is a region with a long rich tradition of sundials, and amply repays a visit just for the sundials, though of course the scenery is stunning too!

The Comité Départemental de Tourisme publishes some booklets under the title "La route des cadrans solaires" for the Queyras (from which this brief summary is drawn) and also for La Pays du Buech in the western part of the Hautes Alpes

Meyries
A hamlet with excellent views of the valley and 4 sundials in the village

Chateau-Queyras
Sundial of 1841 (restored 1958)on the south face of the church
Sundial of 1840 on the "Lou Pignatoun" restaurant
3 other sundials

Arvieux
Sundial of 1733 on Saint-Laurent church
6-sided sundial of 1845 on a private house at the entrance to the village

Guillester
Maison de la Valetter, Place Albert
Sundial from the Accacia workshop on the facade of the Collége des Haute Vallées

Ceillac
1823 sundial on the facade of St Sebastian church

Aiguilles
1838 sundial on the ssouth face of the "Maison du Queyras"

Abrièes
1821 sundial on St Peter's church

Fontgillard
1988 sundial of the signs of the zodiac (R. Potey)
3 other sundials

Saint-Véran
15 sundials - this must be the sundial capital of Europe!


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