Year of 2017

Village of Gordes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

Perched on a hilltop in the Luberon region of France, the village of Gordes delights travelers with its cobblestone streets, stone houses, and Provencal views–but its past isn’t all pretty. During World War II, the town was active in the French Resistance. In 1944, German troops invaded Gordes, killing or wounding residents and destroying homes in reprisal for a Resistance-led attack. Gordes later received a medal for its resistance efforts. As the town rebuilt, it began to attract notable artists such as Marc Chagall; now it’s known as ‘the jewel of the Luberon.’

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The residents are known as Gordiens. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt.
Population: 1,946 (2013)
Area: 18.55 sq miles (48.04 km²)
Mayor: Maurice Chabert
gordes pano 2016
gordes france panorama 2016