"On the tracks of the Hussar", from Manosque

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This itinerary allows you to discover the journey pursued by Angelo Pardi, hero of the novel "Le Hussard sur le toit" by Jean Giono.
Follow the tracks of the Hussar on the roof, from Manosque to Sisteron.
Breathe the air of Provence, take part in the adventure, as in the peregrinations and rides colonel of Piedmontese hussar in 1938.

Angelo starts by asking the road to Banon to a peasant woman who then shows him the direction to follow. From Manosque, join the road to
Banon (40 km) following the D907, D14 and D5 that cross the villages of Reillanne and Vachères.
Points of interest:
- Historical city center
- Saunerie and Soubeyran gates
- Saint-Sauveur Church
- Private mansions
- Jean Giono cultural center
- Mont d'Or hill (remains of a castle from the
10th century castle)
- L'Occitane factory, garden and museum
- Water level of Vannades
- Olivette mill
- House of Biodiversity - La Thomassine
- Randoland (fun tour to discover with your family)
in family)

- Houses of character with monumental
- Covered passages, squares, doors, fountains
- Saint-Denis chapel (18th century)
- Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (11th century)
- Saint-Pierre Tower (11th c.)
- Remains of the ramparts and fortified doors
- Sundial

- The Great Portal (16th / 18th c.)
- Parish church, under the name of
Saint-Christophe (13th c.)
- Pierre Martel Museum : paleonthology and

Continue towards Revest du Bion, on the D950, then turn right on the D18 and the D546 towards Séderon. Pass the Pas de Redortiers, it is in this place that the Hussar met for the first time with cholera.
Points of interest:
Revest du Bion
- Chapel of Notre-Dame de l'Ortiguière
- Remains of the Saint-Pierre church (11th / 12th century)
within the current building

- Church (19th c.)
- Processional cross in gilded copper
- Chapel of Notre-Dame de la Brune
- Fountain

Take the D542 and D942, to reach Ribiers (57 km). This itinerary, which follows the Méouge river, leads to Sisteron via the D948. After admiring this charming village whose citadel seems to be suspended on the edge of the cliffs, take the direction of Aubignosc by the D4085 (21 km). Join Peyruis (10 km) by the D951 and D801.
Points of interest:
- Banal oven (18th century)
- Leisure center

- Citadel (13/14th c.)
- Cathedral (12th century)
- Chapel of Notre-Dame de Pommiers (13th century)
- Andrônes
- Tower of the old ramparts (16th c.)
- Archaeological Museum of Old Sisteron
- Ecomuseum of Sisteron
- Scouting Museum
- Randoland (fun tour to discover with your family)
- Citadel of Sisteron-Bourg (family hike
with a circuit adapted to all ages)
- Little train of the Citadel
- Path of the Tales and High Word path
in the Land of the Talking Rocks
- Via Ferrata of the Grande Fistoire

- Saint-Julien church (17th century)
- Hamlet of Forest : wash house, Renaissance style house
Renaissance style, church of the Nativity of the
Nativity of the Virgin (18th c.)

- Fountain of the Parlatan of Saint-Roch and the
- Church of Saint-Nicolas (15th century) and Saint-Roch
(18th c.)
- Remains of the feudal castle and the keep
(12th c.)
- House (17th century)

In Aubignosc, the Hussar learns that the entrance to Château-Arnoux is blocked. He then avoided the Grand'Route to Peyruis where he was quarantined. He advanced towards a large brazier where a man was watching the burning of the dead from the Sisteron cholera. This man indicates to him the direction of Marseilles to which Angelo turned his back and indicates to him in the north of Sisteron "a pale city and a citadel stuck against a rock")
To emerge, like Angelo, on the Grand'Route, the D4096 which leads from Sisteron towards Manosque, while skirting the Durance. Continue on the D4096 towards La Brillanne (13 km). On the right, you will see the village of Lurs, perched on its rocky spur. Cross La Brillanne before returning to Manosque. It escapes from Peyruis and stops at a roadside inn some two kilometers before La Brillanne, just below the village of Lurs. From there, he crossed a village announced by an alley of plane trees; it was La Brillanne. He arrived in Manosque at nightfall; he had left the blaze of Sisteron two days earlier.)
Practical information
  • Route :
    • Distance (km) : 145
    • Route : BOUCLE
  • Environments :
    • In the country
  • Activities :
    • Tourist routes
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  • Park :
    • Park


Free access. Free, self-guided car tour.
"On the tracks of the Hussar", from Manosque
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville
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"Sur les traces du Hussard", au départ de Manosque
Place de l'Hôtel de Ville
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.833799
Longitude : 5.782621