Once you’ve seen the striking and characterful Sister Ambrosiac (that’s right!) at the Uzès market at Place aux Herbes, you don’t forget her selling her wines, honey and incense from the nearby Monastère de Solan.
A Greek Orthodox order, the sisters at the monastery grow organic grapes under the guidance of Mother Hypandia.
It was built by a Capuchin Franciscan friar in the style of Louis XIV with a southern touch and the only other surviving organ of the same style is the one in Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris (even if the later is a lot bigger). You can read more about it (in French) here.
The Gipsy Kings are a music band from Arles, Nîmes and Montpellier. Some of the group’s members were born in France, but their parents were “gitanos” – Spanish Romani people who fled Catalonia during the 1930’s Spanish Civil War.
The gitano musical tradition is also a feature also of Uzès’ long and warm evenings. We can also vouch for their great talent, as you can see in this little video, taken only a few steps away from Rue Saint Roman.