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aigues vives




       -  Village witness of the revolt of the Gauls





Village of Minervois, Aigues-Vives owes its name to the Latin Aquaviva (988) aqua: water and viva: living, running or sprouting spring.
At an altitude of 165 m, 415 Aigues-Vivois (es) inhabit this village including the hamlets of Cailhol, Cazelles, Paguignan.
At the confluence of the Cessière and Cesse, on the edge of the Hérault and Aude, Aigues-Vives takes its name from a spring gushing: Aquaviva. It is a lively village with many shops.
Land of turbulent history, this village is a witness of the revolt of the Gauls; thus, in the hamlet of Paguignan, a temple of the second century is destroyed and burned during this conflict. On these Gallic ashes, the Franciscan and Dominican monks built, ten centuries later, the church of Saint-Martin-le-Vieux whose characteristic southern Gothic style will, despite its rarity, have influences to Mallorca.



- A voir, à faire -= L’église de Saint-Martin-le-Vieux

- History -An old local tradition, based on various facts, attributes the foundation of Aigues-Vives to the inhabitants of a village called Pataran which was near the Roman road leading to the bridge of Ambrussium on the Vidourle, the point where this path takes the name of "path of money".
Thus, in the 8th century, the Saracens ravaged and destroyed this village, the population took refuge on a nearby hill, where took its source a fountain of bright and abundant water. This rural situation suited the emigrants of Pataran. They built their houses there and the new settlement took the name of Aigues-Vives (Ayga-Viva) of the name applicable to the famous source which had decided to settle there.


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