In the medieval times, Auron's pasture lands and wheat soil
were known for their quality.
The village was only occupied during the good season by
shepherds and their families. They minded the flocks
and cared for the haymaking and the harvests.
This geographic isolation was only apparent. A mule track,
joining the coast of Nice and Barcelonnette, crossed the site, so that
travellers were very numerous there. That is what can largely explain the fame
of the chapel Saint-Erige in such a remote place.
This chapel, also called chapel of Ariez, became a place of
prayer visited both by pilgrims and by travellers or inhabitants of the
The faithful came to implore
Saint Erige's protection and