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The Mining


Its name Saint–Savournin is derivated from “Saint Saturnin” (used until 1539). The village is said to be built on the site of a temple dedicated to Saturn, the god of time.

Located on the Roman way going from Auriol to Gardanne, Saint–Savournin was a part of the Seigneurie of St.Victor’s abbey, to which succeeded the viscounts of Marseille until the 14th, then the d’Agoult, then the Cipriany in the 17th and 18th century.

The castle was built between 1045 and 1138 and was destroyed during the religious wars between 1573 and 1593.

The first church was on the location of the current post office, we discovered a Roman column put down in the Borély castle. The church was destroyed in 1963.

“Castellum Sancti Saturnini” was first mentionned in the 12th century

Gueules Noires

worker's heritage

Although the activity of the site goes back to the Neolithic and although Gallo-Roman vestiges were discovered in the village and its neighborhood, Saint-Savournin is particularly rich of an industrial past.

It is one of the numerous cities composing the coal field of Provence, its exploitation began in the 16th century.

Discover this exceptional labor heritage by pacing the ways formerly used by the Provençal “gueules noires”. (black faces)