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Jovençan

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The name derives from the Latin name given to a land fund: Fundus Juventianus. It is one of the smallest municipalities in the Val d'Aosta, on the right bank of the Dora Baltea. The local economy depends on livestock production, fruit cultivation and viticulture.
The territory was certainly inhabited in the pre-Roman times. The inhabitants, Salassi, were composed by the union of the tribes of the Celts arrived in Val d'Aosta region between the VIII and V centuries B.C. from central Europe, with the locals. Historians narrate that in the territory of Jovençan, the village of Cordelia was the capital of Salassi. The Romans arrived in the area in 25 B.C., and after defeating the Salassi, they enslaved them and confiscated the lands and assigned them to their legions. The funds were named after their assigned owner and this specific area assumed the name of Fundus Juventianus, named after the owner, Juventius.
In medieval times two noble families exercised their power in the territory: the Pompiod and the Jovençan and, subsequently, the Challant who ruled until January 1789 when, along with towns of Gressan and Aymavilles, Jovençan bought its independence from the family Challant.

Not to miss:

The Parish of Jovençan. Of the original building, dated from 1174, today remains only the lintel of a door, located on the wall near the bell. The present church, built in 1889, has a Latin cross plan, whilst the bell tower features a stone with rectangular base, that dates back to the XV century. Inside the church preserves a wooden pulpit of the XIX century.
The remains of the castle of Jovençan situated overlooking the Dora Baltea. Of the bastion foundations remain only a cylindrical base building, that probably dates back to the XIII, and some walls that allow you to identify the perimeter of the original structure.
The fortified house Pompiod, which is a three storey building consisting of a rectangular plan, probably built between the XIV and XV centuries.

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