La Couvertoirade – Templar City

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La Couvertoirade – Templar City

La Couvertoirade is a medieval fortified village located at the confines of the Larzac plateau. The village has played an important role in this part of the Midi-Pyrenees since the 13th century when the castle was built by a chapter of the medieval Knights Templar located here which played a key role in the development of La Couvertoirade.

 

Although the castle was constructed by the Templar Knights at the end of the 12th century, the Saint-Christophe church dates was built by the Hospitaliers Knights in the 14th century opposite the castle.

The small cemetery is certainly one of the interesting sites of the city with is steles discoidal. The stone crosses craved with Templar signs mark old graves forgotten in the soil.

The remainder of La Couvertoirade and the fortifications were then built a few decades later. The walk around the top of the ramparts is unmissable for views it provides both across the rooftops of the city and the countryside.

La Couvertoirade is one of the most beautiful village in France (un des plus beaux villages) and it is one of the finest medieval fortified villages that can be found in this country.

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