Medieval Festival of the Flying Ox in Saint-Ambroix
Les Fêtes Médiévales occitanes de Saint-Ambroix - Les Fêtes du Volo Biòu
Saint-Ambroix (Languedoc-Roussillon region)
The Medieval Festival of Saint-Ambroix, located in the Gard department in southern France, invites the visitors to take on a great journey into the heart of the medieval Occitania. The streets of the town are transformed and lit with life and colours, hosting numerous activities, market stalls and workshops. The visitors, together with the citizens and participants in costumes, live the days of great fairs of the 14th century granted by King of France John the Good, where the legend of Volo Biòu (Flying Ox) was born:
“One year in Saint-Ambroix in the Gard, the grape-harvest exceeded demand. To get rid of it the major had an idea inspired by the mythology: he promised the inhabitants of Ambroix to make an ox fly, to attract crowds. So, when lots of onlookers filled the streets of the city, by late afternoon, the old ox was taken to a hilltop and hurled over the edge. The creature plummeted earthwards, and its remains scattered over the surrounding countryside. Whether to drown their sorrows or to cool down, the people drained the mouldy wine to the dregs."
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Info & Contact
Association La Légende du Volo Biòu
L'office de tourisme
Pl de l'ancien temple - 30500 Saint-Ambroix