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The Celtic origin of its name means "peak" or "crag" and perfectly describes this old village built on a slope in between a limestone plain and the Cévennes' first hills.
Then, one must wait until the 12th century to find a trace of occupancy: the church of Saint-Pierre de Banne is mentioned when it is offered to the house of the Temple of Jalès, in the village of Berrias-et-Casteljau.
Banne is composed of two towns perched and separated by a valley cultivated in terraces. The Fort district corresponds to the former Medieval castle town. At its summit can be found the vestiges of a château dating from the end of the Middle Ages and the Modern Era destroyed at the end of the 18th century. The other town includes the parish church overlooking a large square.
The battle of Banne : Below the château lies a straight road headed for Vans and the Païolive wood. On July 29, 1944 on this precise spot the "battle of Banne" took place. It marked the first victory of the "maquisards" resistance fighters over the Nazi army in Ardèche: the ambush of the F.F.I. caused a German convoy to retreat. The next day, the village sustained reprisals. The town was awarded the "cross of war" for this brave act of resistance.