“Castelnau de Montmiral, bastide village”

A beautiful place with arcades and its pillory around which is still organized the social and religious life.

Castelnau de Montmiral is one of many medieval bastides which are fortified hill top towns, found in South West France, and mainly constructed during the period of the crusades against the religious sect known as the Cathars, and later during the period of expansion of royal power under the Capetian and Valois Kings.

It is possible that after the random destruction of the district by Northern barbarians in 1220, led by Simon de Montfort, le Comte de Toulouse, Raymond VII, la seigneurie de Castelnau de Montmiral fortified this place.

Subsequently the town witnessed most of the regional history; Castelnau was besieged by the English in 1345, led by the Black Prince.
Castelnau de Montmiral suffered in many des Guerres de Religions, the town being bons catholiques.
Castelnau de Montmiral had the honour of one Royal visit, on Friday 24 June 1622 by the King, Louis XIII.

See also:

  1. Castelnau de Montmiral en images
  2. Thread at Fodor’s giving advice on visiting the region
  3. http://www.castelnau-de-montmiral.com/

Cité médiévale.

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Detail from "Castelnau de Montmiral, bastide village"


One day this district will be a famous tour rivaling Provence.
People will want to see were these paintings were made.
The village is about 1 hour’s drive from Toulouse, on the northern edge of the Gaillac wine district, close by the vallee de Teco, noted for its Vin de Passion.

If you want to know what happened to the middle ages, see them alive and well here, when the artist lived there, CdM.
had minimal amenities.


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By Gordon Frickers 300 x 340mm (11¾” x 13½”), Oils on oiled paper, Price of the original £1,200


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