Photographer's Note

Seen in the village of Longes.

Longes is a French commune in the département of Rhône, region Rhône-Alpes. It is located at the foot of the Pilat massif in the south-west of the département. Height above sea level within the commune varies between 210 metres and 785 metres. It covers an area of 24.6 square kilometres. The nearest largest town is Givors, situated 11 kilometres to the north-east.

One legend dating back until at least the 13th century has it that the name of Longes originates with the Roman centurion Longinus who plunged his spear into the side of Christ. Another legend associates the name with a terrible giant called Longus, who was Julius Caesar's chief escort during the battle of Fautre in Caesar's conquest of Gaul. Many of Caesar's soldiers later settled in the area on land given to them as prizes for their part in the victory.

The village was later established around a Benedictine monastery, since disappeared, before it came into the possession of the Roussillon family.

Longes suffered much during the Wars of Religion and from visits by the plague in the 16th and 17th centuries. Until the Revolution the village of Treves was part of the parish of Longes with Longes subsequently being given the lead role by decree dated 12th November 1793. In 1849, the two villages each became a commune in their own right.

The population in 2007 was 833, giving a population density of 35 Longeardes per square kilometre.

The above was largely extracted and freely translated from an article on the French Wikipedea site.

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