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Roussillon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. In 2006 the population was recorded as 1265.

It is noted for its large ochre deposits found in the clay surrounding the village. Ochres are pigments ranging from yellow and orange to red. The walls of many of the buildings in the village are covered in paint made from ochre pigment giving the village a very distinctive ambiance.

One of the former ochre quarries can be visited via the 'Sentier des Ocres' (Ochre Path), a walk of either 30 or 60 minutes through the old workings. The large quarries at Roussillon were mined from the end of the 18th century until 1930. At their peak thousands of people found work in the quarries and factories. Nowadays the mining of ochre is prohibited here in order to protect the sites from degradation or even complete destruction.

Nowadays, apart from tourism, agriculture is the commune's principal activity. Fruit, including cherries, peaches and melons are grown. Much of this is used in crystallized fruit production in nearby Apt. Wine-making is also very important and there are several wineries producing red, rosé, and white wines within the Ventoux AOC.

(Source: Wikipedea)

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