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Tour de l'horloge, Aigaliers
The clock tower and village houses, Aigaliers
This website : This website is created and maintained by the town council of Aigaliers. The town hall location and opening hours are available here

Le campanile de l'horloge à Aigaliers
the wrought iron bell tower : Aigaliers

Basic facts about Aigaliers : Aigaliers is located in the Gard department of France. The Gard, with its major towns of Nîmes and Alès is located in the north east corner of the new Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée region. Aigaliers, with a population of about 500, is part of the « Communaute de Communes Pays d’Uzès » (CCPU – a district council centred on the 16th century town of Uzès). Aigaliers is a rural municipality composed of several hamlets and villages dispersed over a substantial area. The main villages are Aigaliers itself (location of the town hall, the primary school and the community hall), Gattigues (location of Notre-Dame de Gattigues, a 12 century church), Camp des Baumes, Bourdiguet (location of an old chapel and a curious double-arched bridge), Foussargues and Marignac. Comprehensive street maps of each of the villages and hamlets can be found here.

Lavoir du plan de Gattigues, le bassin
Wash-house basins near Gattigues
Historical Interest: The village has numerous sites of historical and human interest including :

  • a ruined castellas on a hilltop near the main village (said to have been destroyed during the Tuchin revolt in the 13 century)
  • the manor house birth place of
    Admiral Bruyes
  • a prehistoric hillfort said to have been occupied intermittently until the early middle ages,
  • the Gattigues church where a recent renovation uncovered frescos in a naive style,
  • ancient stone houses and arched passageways in several hamlets,
  • panoramic views of the Cevennes mountain skyline from the village of Marignac,
  • L'ancien presbytère et l'horloge
    The old rectory and the clock tower
  • several wash-houses (used for domestic laundry until the mid 20th century and then abandonned). In recent years the town council has made a significant effort to maintain local historical structures and in particular these wash-houses have been renovated.,
  • most recently a major renovation project is in progress at the site of a ruined rectory in Aigaliers village.

Le parc solaire d'Aigaliers mai 2016
the photovoltaic solar farm : May 2016 © S. Cabrié
The modern day village : Aigaliers recently open a photovoltaic solar farm and became the first location for a large implementation of new « concentrator » technology.

The municipality has a modern primary school which is one of 3 primary schools in a pooling agreement with 2 neighbouring villages. The system of pooling facilities and students allows the approximately 100 local primary school age children to be schooled locally. The system creates local critical mass in the primary system thereby avoiding bussing children to larger schools in the major towns. (detail about the school system here)

Although the municipality has no hotels or camp sites, there are several high quality B&B locations and a variety of professional services (see here).

The municipality has numerous waymarked cycle and hiking trails and an active social scene with several clubs and associations including a parent-teachers association, a social club which organises activities for all age groups such as hiking, pottery classes, gym classes, singing classes, museum trips etc., a hunting club and theatre groups among others (detail about clubs and associations here)

Scène de campagne
Painting entitled « Scène de campagne » © by Philippe Dutilleul
Artists : Aigaliers has long been known as an artist’s village. Currently several up-and-coming artists are very active here. (see the details here)

Site officiel de la commune d'Aigaliers