Photographer's Note

October 29th, 2009
Sainte-Énimie 480146 48210
Lozère Languedoc-Roussillon
44.365 3.411 500 m

"Gorges du Tarn" houses, Sainte-Énimie

Hauterives Hamlet.
Hauterives Hamlet and castle ruins. October 27th, 2009.

The architecture of the traditional houses of Hauterives hamlet, into calcareous, and covered stones of roofing stones, did not change since the 19th century.

_The Hauterives hamlet, of Sainte-Énimie commune, is leant with "CAUSSE MÉJEAN", in the "GORGES du TARN", Tarn river canyon, on left bank of the "TARN" river, and can be reached only in the boat or using hiking trails.
_The Hauterives castle ruins, having belonged to the lords of Arpajon, overhangs the hamlet. It was used as of the 11th century to control the passage in the canyon towards the "Causse Méjean".

_At "Massif Central" southern, "CAUSSE MÉJEAN", of a surface of 330 km² is the highest of the "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causse, its altitude varying from 800 m to 1247 m with the Cargo mount, and is the third of the four "GRANDS CAUSSES". It is surrounded of the impressive "Jonte" river canyon in the south, "Tarnon" river in the east and the "Tarn" river in north and the west. The thickness of the layers of limestone of Jurassic, reached 650 m, and up to 1500 m per place.

_The "GRANDS CAUSSES", in the south of the Massif Central, are delimited in north by the plateau of "Aubrac", in the east by the Cévennes, the south by the plain of the "lodévois", in the west by the plateau of "Lévézou". These are plateaus limestones whose altitude varies from 700 to 1250 meters of altitude, and of surface going up to 1000 km².
The "Grands Causses" are formed by important "Causses of Larzac" (1000 km²), of "Sauveterre" (550 km²), "Méjean" (330 km²), and "Noir" (200 km²), but also of the causses "Comtal", "Rouge" and of "Sévérac", and many small peripheral causses like causses of "Mende", "Blandas", "Changefèges", "Bégon", etc… No waterway circulates on the surface of the plates, because the rainwater infiltrates in the karstic, generating networks of many swallow-holes and caves, to re-appear in the valleys. Geology of causses and the cévennes.

_The "GORGES du TARN" is a canyon of 53 kilometers length, dug by the "Tarn" river between the "Causse Méjean" and the "Causse de Sauveterre", extends from "Quézac" to "Rozier". The "Tarn" river passes from calm in rapids between the rock faces which reach sometimes 500 meters.

_The "TARN" river, takes its source to approximately 1600 m of altitude, north of hamlet of the "Hospital", not far from the peak "Cassini", on the slopes of "Lozère" mount, the territory of the commune of le Pont-de-Montvert, and is thrown after 380 km of course in the "Garonne" close to "Castelsarrasin".

Sainte-Enimie is a french commune, located in the department of Lozère of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 509 Santrimiols in 1999, distributed out of 88 km², that is to say 6 hab./km².

At the bank of the "Tarn" river, and fountain of "Burle", the village of Sainte-Énimie is located between the two "Grand causses" "Méjean" and "Sauveterre".

Sainte-Énimie is one of the "Plus Beaux Villages of France", one of the more beautiful village of France.

The commune of Sainte-Énimie gathers several quite as beautiful villages and hamlets the ones as the others, Like Castelbouc, Hauterives, Prades, Saint-Chély-of-Tarn, which are on bank of the Tarn river, whereas Boisset, Champerboux and Sauveterre, are on causse of Sauveterre.

According to the legend:
Énimie would have been the daugther of Clotaire II, (584-629), king of the Francs from 613 to 629, and dedicated its life with God. It contracted leprosy thus pushing back its suitors. With the advertisement of an angel, she cures herself by a bath taken in the Fountain of Burle. Its life of holiness, then will occur on the spot, where she died about 628.

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