Le mur de la peste


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The Plaque Wall testifies to the "Great Plague" that was the cause of 126,000 deaths in Provence (more than 20% of the population of the Comtat). It is estimated that the epidemic went forward 45 kilometers per month.
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In 1720, the ship "Grand Saint Antoine" transporting silk for the Beaucaire fair, brought the plague through Marseilles. Very quickly, the epidemic spread and struck Apt.
In 1721, to prevent it from reaching the Comtat Venaissin, the Pope’s vice-legate implemented a health plan. He mobilized the people. For about five months, more than 500 men built a 1.90 m high dry stone wall, along 27km, with 50 guard posts and enclosures, from Monieux to Taillades.
After the outbreaks in 1580, 1629 and 1649, the plague of Marseilles was the last great plague in Provence.
Hiking in the direction of Murs’s ridges, towards the “combe of Boulet” and along the wall, one can see the ruins of the wall, this symbolic rampart and witness of history.

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All year round, daily.

Languages spoken

  • French


Free access.


Le mur de la peste
84220 Murs
Tel : View number 04 90 72 60 00
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Longitude : 5.265414
Latitude : 43.94935

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