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Alba is bursting with 2000 years of history…What makes it unique? La Roche hamlet built on a basalt peak and the village that expanded around the château standing on a volcanic rock.
Alba, former capital of the Helviens, a gallic tribe, was beginning in the 1st century A.D., an active Gallo-Roman city before becoming the seat of the first bishopric of the Vivarais at the end of the 4th century.
Today, we can discover the Medieval village, clustered inside its 15th century walls. The entire village is clad in white and black. The basalt and limestone, local materials used to build the houses, compose the checkerboard on the facades that endow Alba with its particular atmosphere.
The castle :At an undetermined time, the Bishops of Viviers are said to have built a square keep on a basaltic dike around which the population formed the first castrum (fortified city). The fiefdom of Aps then gave its name to the locality which kept it until 1903, when it retook the name of Alba. During the French Revolution, the château was sacked and sold in 1793 as national property. In 1880, an inhabitant undertook the restoration of the château. Beginning in 1914, several owners succeeded one another until 1975, when restoration began once more with the help of the Historic Monuments administration. Listed in the Supplemental Inventory of Historic Monuments, the current château, laid out on the foundations of the Medieval fort, preserves its substructure.