|UNESCO #932 - Saint-Emilion - FRANCE|
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion - FRANCE - UNESCO #932
I've spent a wonderful morning here in the little village of Saint-Emilion only a few km from Bordeaux. The village is beautiful and the landscape with the massive vineyards sprinkled with some rustic houses is one of the best knows images of rural France. Add a baguette with cheese and a cup of coffee in a small 'café' with iron tables and you have the full 'cliché'! Another UNESCO added to my collection (and this one visited for the first time) rising the numbers to 106, 875 to the end.
Viticulture was introduced to this fertile region of Aquitaine by the Romans, and intensified in the Middle Ages. The Saint-Emilion area benefited from its location on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and many churches, monasteries and hospices were built there from the 11th century onwards. It was granted the special status of a 'jurisdiction' during the period of English rule in the 12th century. It is an exceptional landscape devoted entirely to wine-growing, with many fine historic monuments in its towns and villages.