Secret history of buildings - January 2019

In summer

Europe’s highest village, in the southern Alps, has an architecture all its own. Jane Hanks finds out why from one of its residents

Saint Véran is the highest village in Europe at 2,042 metres above sea level and is one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. It is in the Southern Alps, in the Parc Naturel Régional du Queyras, not far from Briançon, the highest town in France at 1,326 metres.

Legend has it that the village was formed when a sixth-century bishop freed the lowlands from a dragon, which rose into the air and died in the mountains.

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