Originally the capital of an early Gaulish tribe, the charming
town of Viviers began to develop significantly in the 5th century
AD, when a bishopric was established here. The ecclesiastical
precinct, set on a rocky plateau, is dominated by the cathedral of
St Vincent and is noted for its lavish vaulting and ornate
tapestries. The rest of town has also been preserved well;
along with its historic defensive walls, there is an extensive
warren of narrow streets, with buildings that have been carefully
renovated to further enhance their historic appearance.
Another of the area's most popular attractions is the
surrounding scenery. Set on the bank of the Rhône, Viviers is also
in the heart of the magnificent Ardéche landscape - dominated by
terraced chestnut woods and orchards, fortified villages and
farmsteads. The town is a great place to admire this truly
magnificent scenery; from the cathedral terrace there are clear
views over the Rhône Valley to Mont Ventoux.