Historians tell us that Lurs was founded by Charlemagne at
the beginning of the IX° century, perched on a hilltop of 628 m
it has a commanding view of the scenic Provencal surroundings;
olive trees pepper the hillsides, farmers layout their land with
the multitude of seasonal products ripening for the markets yet
at the same time sculpturing the landscape into a magnificent spectacle.
The Bishops of Sisteron built their summer houses here,
this explains the richness of the architecture and the quietness
of the maze of little streets which amble through the village.
The château occupied for centuries by the Princes of Sisteron dominates
the top of the village.
Lurs is one of the best completely restored villages in
Haute Provence, now occupied by artists and sculptures it is a serene
setting. The Marie (town council) has wisely kept
commercialism out, therefore unlike other historic spots you will
not find the village overflowing with tourist traps. There are
two restaurants, one hotel and some provision stores. For your
more complete shopping you should visit Forcalquier which is 12
Because of its mainly artistic
population Lurs has a great cultural base, the open
air amphitheatre often presents, small plays, concerts
and open air theatre. This coupled with the annual
International Graphics Arts Encounter held at the end
of August makes for a changing scene.
The chapel which is on the
"Promenade des Evêques" is well worth
seeing in those hours just before sunset as the suns
rays turn the setting into a golden yellow. The full
walk on the promenade takes you around the hill top,
the views are spectacular.
All in all Lurs is well worth a visit even if you are
just passing through.