Second stop on the way to the Abbey is the village of Gordes. We really happened upon it simply because of its spectacular and dominating hill-top presence. Like most villages in this region, it has strong ties to the Roman empire. First castle here was built in 1031 and the first abbey in 1148. The village gained some fame by attracting a number of famous early modernist artist who discovered the village after WWII and often visited and painted here.