Path of the written stone
Path of the written stone

Path of the written stone

Discovery trail
History and architecture
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Pleasant family stroll starting from the Pierre Écrite (Written Stone), which was engraved in the 6th century in memory of the passage of Dardanus, prefect of Gaul and ardent Christian, who came to the valley to found a “City of God”.

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Written Stone

This stone was engraved during the 6th century to recall the passage of Dardanus, powerful man, Christian and prefect of Gaul, corresponding with St-Augustin, , who came to retire to St-Geniez to found a "City of God" in the valley. A place bears the name of "Théous", but did "Theopolis" ever exist? And where exactly?

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  1. From the Pierre écrite, follow the path that climbs to the left for about 20 minutes.

  2. At the end of the path, to the level of the old oak, take the forest track on the right. Continue on the track until you’ll reach the Rocher de la baleine (whale rock), and find the intersection with the departmental road.
  3. Turn right on the road for 800 m to reach the parking lot.
Departure : at Pierre Ecrite, Saint-Geniez
Arrival : at Pierre Ecrite, Saint-Geniez
Towns crossed : Saint-Geniez

Altimetric profile


  • On the way, 500 m before reaching the departmental road, on the right, there is a large hollow oak tree in which a stranger once placed a statue of the Virgin  together with a small notebook on which one can leave a trace of one’s passage there. (Look out!  In Summer there may be a snake enjoying the shade!)

Information desks

1 place de la République, 04200 Sisteron

04 92 61 36 50

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Access and parking

From Sisteron (12 km), take the D 3 east towards Saint Geniez / Authon. Stop at the Pierre Ecrite site.

Parking :

at Pierre Ecrite, Saint-Geniez


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