The church dates back to the 12th century although through the ages there have been significant changes. For the most part to enlarge the church. But the porch is rather special and is a protected monument.
The church wasn't open for visits unfortunately so i had no chance to take a look inside. Always ask at the marie (chateau) since apparently the church can be visited. Though i'm not sure when..
Ste-Croix-du-mont is build on a layer of fossilsed mussels. Which again are on top of a rock. It tops the whole area. Appartently this part was sea 25 million years ago. And when the sea retreated the mussels stayed behind. Wind and water have made small caves in it where often wine is stored.
If you go to Ste-Croix you can't miss this. Just walk down the small stairway in front of the church and from there you can walk past the mussel bank.
The 2 shells on the picture still look like they have their pearly shine. And i thought them to look like ears. Listening to what went on in the world...
There is a route indicated around Ste-Croix-du-Mont. The route can be picked up at the Mairie (the chateau). It totals 9 kilometer but will cost around 3,5 hours. it goes over quite hilly terrain.
I wanted to do a part of the route since it can be viewed as 2 loops.. But i wasn't wearing the right shoes (it had rained quite a bit the day before). Besides, it was already around 5 in the afternoon. Not the best of times to start.
Equipment: Wear shoes that can get you over steep slopes when it has rained. The part i tried was covered with leaves. The path was just a track and the ground wasn't dry yet. With the steepness, it made it all quite slippery.
Favorite thing: And also in Ste-Croix there is no tourist office. But walk into the Mairie and they can provide you with everything you want to know. Since the Mairie is located in chateau de Tastes you can hardly miss it. Unfortunately for me the chateau wasn't open for visits. only in july and august the chateau can be visited apparently. Porbably because the administration is on holiday then....