Suzette


Approaching Suzette from Malaucene you are met with a great first sight of the village, a long view of its pert profile in a Tuscan-style landscape, with the jagged peaks of the Dentelles rearing up behind like a breaking wave.

The landscape around Suzette is a rolling whorl of vineyards following the slopes and turns of the hills and valleys. Suzette itself is tiny, with time-worn streets, and one basic restaurant. But walk on in and you will come across a very beautiful, very simple Romanesque church dating back 900 years.

This little church, Notre-Dame de Suzette, is almost without decoration, but its proportions alone impart a feeling of harmony, as well as the cool of the interior and the warm light on the stones. With its cruciform layout, and arrow-slit embrasures framing the striking views, Notre-Dame de Suzette epitomises the simple elegance of Romanesque architecture. This, you feel, is how a place of worship should be.

Legend has it that it has Templar origins, but this is as unfounded as most Templar stories. You will notice that the church is half-buried, not by design, but due to the accumulation of tumbling masonry from the castle that once stood above it and now is completely destroyed.