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Musee du Desert

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Address: Le Mas Soubeyran, 30140 Mialet, France
Phone Number: +33 4 66 85 02 72
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Off the Beaten Track but DEFINITELY Worth a Visit

This museum tells something of the history of official persecution against Southern French protestants [Camisards] following the Edict of Nantes (1685). [There is quite a parallel... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
Graham N
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This museum tells something of the history of official persecution against Southern French protestants [Camisards] following the Edict of Nantes (1685). [There is quite a parallel to the way that the protestant Covenanters were persecuted in Scotland at around the same time]. The old farmhouse [Mas] has been set out with a mixture of modern displays and accurate period rooms... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Set in a small village, a few km from La Grotte de Trabuc, the museum gives insight into the social/religious history of the region with displays throughout several old buildings. A good wet weather activity and easy to combine with a visit to the caves at Trabuc.

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Maisons-Laffitte, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Our family of four visited this museum today. The adults found it fascinating but the guided tour was just too complex for my 7 year old son. There didn't seem to be any options to keep the younger visitors entertained which was a shame. Other than that though a great find.

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Lancing, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Having visited many years ago, I was impressed to find new sections (air conditioned!) had been added to the original cottages. A great many historical documents and artefacts relating to the French Protestants and the persecution they suffered can be found here, and a good gift shop. We were given a leaflet in English for self guidance, there are guided... More 

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Orange, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

The Musee du Desert [History of the Huguenots and the Camisards] in the beautiful Cévennes is well worth the stunning drive to get there. Located in the home of one of the Huguenots, Roland, the museum is laid out very well and tells the important story of this persecuted Protestant group during the so-called "Desert Period" from the Edict of... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2015

Happened upon this "refuge in the wilderness" about an hour from Nimes, during a cross country drive while in France. Beautiful grounds and excellent historical record of the history of the Huguenots. Even more moving after discovering my French Huguenot roots.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

Really excellent museum - much better than the website indicates. A comprehensive history of French Hugenots and a moving tribute to a very courageous group of people. The little hamlet it is situated in is gorgeous with lots of walking trails leading from it. Well worth visiting!

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

We are very thankful for this wonderful place. The organizers have done a fabulous job of preserving the story of the faithful Huguenots. It is off the beaten path but well worth the visit. Our teenagers were powerfully impacted by the stories of courage, faith, and perseverance of their ancestors.

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Queensland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

One of the finest museums that I have ever visited, rivalling the National Palace Museum in Taipei, which I regard as the finest I have ever seen. This is entirely different in character, being housed in the complex of stone buildings where Roland was born and containing his secret hiding place. Essentially you are visiting a beautiful, large stone home,... More 

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Bedford, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

We were very impressed with this museum which provides a real insight into the the history of the Cevennes and the Camisards. Very well organised, its excellent artefacts are displayed well, and it manages to both entertaining and informative. Quite a large display area, and it seems far larger than it appears from the outside. Helpful staff. Couple of good... More 

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