Martel

by Robert Moffat April. 27, 2013 1159 views

So we rushed off from Beaulieu sur Dordogne - one of the most attractive villages in france and headed to catch the wonderfully named ‘Chemin de Fer Touristique du Haut Quercy’ but we got lost and missed it by a matter of seconds….. it was freezing cold anyway and I think it might just have been a blessing….
But we can always go again one day!
And so we decided to explore the nearby town of Martel instead. This impressive and lovely little town developed because of its prime location on the intersection of trading routes between Paris and Toulouse in one direction and a key route from east to west for the trade in salt and wine. It is also close to Rocamadour and was an important resting place for pilgrims.

The 13th century brought wealth to the town and many merchants houses were built within the defensive walls of the town. The town grew and spread into ??barris?? or suburbs outside the town. The Hundred Years War threatened the town and led to the building of a second defensive wall.

The town recovered quickly from the war and the 15th century saw another period of affluence for Martel. Nowardays it is a bit off the beaten track certainly the tourist track but it is well-worth visiting.

The Chemin de Fer Touristique du Haut Quercy

now to the town of Martel and its lovely houses

what a roof

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