Uzès – City of Art and History
First Duchy of France
Visible for miles around, the town is dominated by the King’s tower, the Bishop’s tower and the Ducal tower, the three powers that ruled daily life in the middle ages. It was under Charles IX that the count of Crussol was raised to the dignity of duke in 1556, and granted in 1572, the prestigious title and position of first peer of France.
The ducal family has lived in the Duchy for over a thousand years, represented today by Jacques de Crussol, seventeenth Duke of Uzès.
The real symbol of the town is the Fenestrelle tower, a vestige from the 12th century, standing proudly alongside the Saint-Théodorit cathedral. Built in the Lombard style, it is the only example of a round bell tower in France.
The cobbled streets, home to a rare collection of private mansions, and the many shaded and lively squares reveal the charm of this town and the richness of it heritage, allowing it to be listed a protected sector.