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Encyclopedia > Privas

Privas is a commune of France, préfecture (capital) of the Ardèche département. Population (1999): 9,170.


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PRIVAS - LoveToKnow Article on PRIVAS (272 words)
Privas is situated near the Ouvze, here joined by the Mezayon and Chazalon.
The town is the seat of a prefecture, a court of assizes and a tribunal of first instance.
Privas is first heard of in the 12th century, as a possession of the counts of Valentinois, and subsequently became the seat of a separate barony.
Welcome Privas Ardeche 07 Towns Villages Guideb. tourinfos (317 words)
Privas which is not only the prefecture of the Ardèche but also the world capital of the glace chestnut since 1882, offers itself without restraint to all those which(who) look for the peace, the sun and the open air.
If the Ardèche was the theater of the religious wars which, of the 16 in the 18th century, ruined the country, Privas and the villages particularly had to suffer fights among Protestant and catholic.
Privas possesses still in the old town some beautiful architectural testimonies of the ancient(former) glory such as the bridge Louis 13 the convent of récollets, the tower Diane of Poitiers, carries(wears) her(it) in diamonds...
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