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A town full of Ochre Roussillon  France

A town full of Ochre

There is a small, rural village in Provence called Roussillon known for its large ochre deposits found in the clay surrounding the village.

You can even visit the ochre quarry nearby, now unused. The village itself is situated on an ochre ridge that makes for a stunning view as you approach the village. While the ochre mines are now shut down, the ochre this land is made of is a natural pigment that was used in paints. Roussillon's ochre quarry was also one of the most significant ochre deposits in the world!

I was amazed at the different shades of ochre I could spot throughout the village, from reds, oranges, yellows, and pinks that flowed into each other as I wandered the narrow streets.

Rousillon is a photographer's dream - there are plenty of picturesque doorways and arches that beckon to the explorer in you.