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On the tracks of the Templars

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Hidden : 12/30/2009
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

  Sur les traces des Templiers  

Chapelle des Templiers

Au XIIème siècle, les Templiers étaient installés au col entre les vallées de la Blanche et de l'Ubaye, appelé Col Saint Jean car l'accueil des voyageurs a plus tard été repris par l'Ordre des Hospitaliers de Saint Jean de Jérusalem. A cette époque a été construite une petite chapelle romane dédiée à Saint Léger qui subsiste encore de nos jours : la chapelle est ornée maintenant d'une croix de Malte comme celle qui marquaient les bornes délimitant les possessions des moines (une telle borne est exposée à l'Office de Tourisme de la station de Saint Jean-Montclar).

La cache se trouve à proximité immédiate de la chapelle. Même si une petite route mène jusqu'à 200m de la cache, l'itinéraire conseillé part du col Saint Jean ou de la station et emprunte un sentier touristique permettant de découvrir quelques curiosités des environs et de se promener dans des paysages où nature et activité humaine font toujours bon ménage (balisage jaune, descriptif disponible à l'Office de Tourisme). Un itinéraire plus long permet d'enchaîner avec la cache "Au sommet de la colline (GC3183)" en passant par la chapelle de la Salette et en revenant par le village de Montclar (balisage jaune, compter une dizaine de kilomètre et 300m de dénivelé).


Croix de Malte

In the XIIth century, the Knights Templars was guarding the pass between the valleys of the Blanche and of the Ubaye. This pass is now called "Col Saint Jean" because the Templars were later replaced by warrior monks from the Hospitaller Order of Saint John (Jean in French) of Jerusalem. At that time, a small roman chapel dedicated to Saint Léger was built in the woods and it survived both religion wars and revolution until today. The chapel is decorated with a Malta Cross like the one that used to mark the limits of the monks' possessions (such a land mark can be seen in the Tourist Office of the Saint Jean-Montclar resort.

The cache is located not far from the chapel. Although a small road ends 200m from it, the recommended way is to park at the Saint Jean pass or the resort and follow a touristic trail that helps discover some points of interest in landscapes where nature and human activities keep a good balance (yellow marks, English description of the trail available at the Tourism Office). A longer way is to follow a trail up to the Salette Chapel and its geocache "On top of the hill" (GC3183) and come back through the Montclar village (yellow marks, 10kms long, 300m climb).

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