Photo: Ancient Village Entrance Provence France

One of the two ancient entrances, the Porte Saint Sols, in the 16th century wall, welcomes visitors to the village of Riez in the Alpes de Haute region of Provence, France.

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Ancient Village Entrance Provence France
Photo of the entrance, the Porte Saint Sols in
Riez village, Alpes de Haute, Provence in France.

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There are two ancient entrances in the 16th century wall encircling the village of Riez in the Alpes de Haute region of Provence, France. In the eastern wall is the Porte Ayguiere, and in the opposite western side is the Porte Saint Sols (sometimes called Porte Sanson). Each entrance has a fountain and lavoir, a large basin or pool where the women of old washed their laundry.This Porte Saint Sols in Riez, Provence seems to welcome visitors with the glimpse of a picturesque building just inside the wall. The village of Riez in Provence, France has kept its medieval feeling, especially on the Grande Rue (main road) where the houses have plaster and corbelled walls. The Hotel de Mazan has a magnificent staircase constructed in 1523 which alone is worth a visit to Riez, Provence.In the south part of the village of Riez, the four columns of the Temple of Apollo stand tall and elegant - formed of polished granite and topped with marble architraves. There is hope when more excavation is done that other treasures will be unearthed.Apart from all the exciting architecture and columns, Riez is situated in the heart of the lavender fields of Provence in France and, if that is not enough, the area is also famous for the local truffles and honey.Porte Saint Sols in the village of Riez, Alpes de Haute, Provence, France, Europe.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/8.0, exposure time of 1/50 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 27mm.

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