Peyruis is called in provençal Peiruìs, its name comes from Petronius Ruit, roman consul who fell down during an ambush. The origins of the village date back to 2nd century. Another interpretation refers to the rocky land (latin petra + ucium).
On the right bank of the Durance river, Peyruis is located at the foot of wooded hills. The village is dominated by traces of a feudal castle, real fortress which is still testified by the large ruins of the surrounding wall. From the castle, destroyed during the French revolution, remain the leveled foundations a vault « in the middle » and the separation wall which seems to date from XVIth or XVIIth century. The massive ancient dunjun, is still here almost fully, transformed in a pigeonhole.
The church of Saint Nicolas
The parish church of Saint Nicolas presents elements of Gothic style (XVe century), stained glasses (XVIe-XVIe-XVIIe centuries) and a whole of murals quite representative of last century. In the way of Manosque you can also see the Saint-Roch Chapel is a place for artistic expositions all the year. Saint Roch was built between 1720 and 1721 as a tribute to the saint who had spared the village from the plague in 1720.
Country of fountains
In the whole village, old fountains pour source water in torrents. We also find ancient houses marks (16th - 17th century). Make halt, place of the Republic, to look at some parts of balls under copious plane trees, you can have the benefit from their shade to read the poems of Henri Bérard (1869-1953) storyteller and local poet.