Serviers


Serviers [sur•vyes] is a non-descript town of 355 inhabitants in the department of the Gard. Located 6km west of Uzès, it was a look-out post for Uzès in ancient times.

There is a 12th century church, built by the Romans. It was destroyed, but reconstructed in the 17th century. You will find blocks of stones with different etchings along some walls. This was the “signature” of the stone-cutter who cut that particular block of stone in order to distinguish it from other blocks, as they were paid by the number of stone blocks cut. You will find some of these stone blocks used in the construction of the ancient houses and walls of this old village.

The village lies on a promontory, on top of which is a castle which was reconstructed in the 17th century. It is presently inhabited by someone from Holland (I met him walking his dog in the village).

Strange house, the walls of which on the second floor seem to be missing. The chimney is all that’s left, exposed to the elements and the “room” is the rooftop.

This visit to Serviers was organised by the Tourism Office of Uzès. Like many villages and towns through-out France, there is very little to go on by way of historical documents to tell the stories of these towns. But it might just be possible to interview old-timers and listen to their stories, handed down from generation to generation. I’m quite sure that they have much more interesting accounts to tell than a Tourism Office guide.

There’s really not much striking in Serviers, but 2 km away is a hamlet called Labaume with many hiking trails in the Bouscarasse forest. There is also a water recreational theme park.