Uzes is a small town (about 8000 inhabitants) of the
department of Gard. André Malraux, writer and culture minister
initiated its renovation in the 60s. The architectural heritage of the
city to his being classified as "City of Art and History". The
old town with cobbled streets has kept its medieval atmosphere, the facades
of houses in the 16th and 17th century are particularly beautiful and
harmonious. Uzès is the "first Duchy of France", an honorary
title carried by the Dukes of Uzès since 1632. The Duchy is a wonderful
castle (open to the public) in the heart of Uzès still inhabited
by the family manor. The elegant tower Fenestrelle overlooking the Cathedral
of St. Theodore.
Uzès market takes place on Saturday morning is one of the finest in the region, it stands on the Place aux Herbes and the surrounding streets in the heart of the city. The Uzège is the name of the surrounding area, the landscape is typically Mediterranean scrubland. They grow olives and grapes there is a appellation "Wine of the Duchy of Uzès".