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August 8th, 2010
Nant 120168 12230
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
44.022 3.301 498 m

Sainte-Marie of Cuns Church, Nant

Church exterior. (2 images).
Church interior.

The Sainte-Marie church of Cuns or Notre-Dame of Cuns of the 12th 13th 14th 15th centuries, is in the hamlet of Cuns at the bank of the DOURBIE, on the commune of Nant.
It presents romanesque parts of which the chancel and the apse in bottom of furnace built at the 12th century after 1135, whereas the nave is 14th century, other parts dating from the 15th century.
The worship was celebrated there until the middle of the 19th century, it is now closed down and is property of the commune. Historic building since 1942.

The church of St. Mary or Notre Dame Cuns Cuns of the XIIIth XIVth XVth XIIth centuries, is in the hamlet near the Cuns Dourbie on the town of Nant.
It has parts whose Romanesque choir and apse in oven built in XII century after 1135, while the nave of the fourteenth century, other parts of the fifteenth century.
The cult was celebrated there until the mid-nineteenth century, it is now disused and is owned by the municipality. Monument since 1942.

_The Dourbie is a Cevennes river. It takes its source with the mount of Aulas, in Linguas, to 1300 m, the south of the mountain of Aigoual, in the department of Gard. It also runs in the department of Aveyron and is thrown, after 920 m of unevenness and 72 km of course through throats and valleys between "CAUSSE NOIR", black causse and "CAUSSE OF LARZAC", in Millau in the Tarn with the bridge of Cureplat to 320 m, him even tributary of the Garonne. Its irregular and seasonal course with known the minimal flow of 2,9 cubic meters a second, to reach up to 728 cubic meters a second maximum flow. Dourbie is famous near the trout fishermen.

_The "CAUSSE NOIR" extends on 200 km², (on the departments of Aveyron, Gard and Lozère), and is smallest of "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses.
It is limited by the deep canyons of Jonte river to North, of Dourbie river in the south, the Tarn river in the west, and by the buttresses of the Cevennes in the East.

_The "CAUSSE du LARZAC" is vastest and southernmost of "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses. Its 1000 km ² of plateau rise from 600 to 900 meters. It is limited to the North-East by Dourbie river which separates it from "Causse Noir", in the North-West the Tarn river separates it from the plateau of Lévézou, in the west it stops with the depression of Roquefort. Its surface is strewn with famous sites with the military orders, Knights of the Order of the Temple and Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

_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.

NANT is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 846 Nantais in 1999, distributed on 110 km², That is to say 8 hab./km².

On bank of the DOURBIE river, Nant with its 110 km², is one of the most extended communes of France, extending on part of causse of Larzac and its buttresses, the valley of Durzon and part of the valley of Dourbie. Nant is located at the edge of the Knights Templar Country and in edge of the Regional natural park of Grands Causses.

The Nant inheritance is important, with its abbey and its five other Romanesque churches disseminated on the territory of the commune, and other churches and chapel, market and bridge medieval.

My images of Nant
My images of canyon and valley of the Dourbie river.

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