Castelsagrat, Lauzerte, Montcuq

by Robert Moffat April. 30, 2013 1639 views

Our next stop was Castelsagrat, a charming bastide village midway between Agen and Moissac and where we were staying with a friend. It doesn't take long to visit the village. The focus is the main central square, the Place de la Liberté, which is surrounded by lovely stone arcaded buildings dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.

Then we were off to Lauzerte again one of the ??Most Beautiful Villages of France?.
Derived from the Latin lucerna (lamp), it designates an ideal position, visible - like a light - from a distance.

At the end of the 12th century, the Count of Toulouse was gifted the hill in order to build a castelnau, a city protected by a castle. The foundation of the castelnau, given its strategic and economic advantages, was an instant success. Two hundred building plots were distributed to the first inhabitants, drawn by the freedoms they would earn. By around 1200, Lauzerte stretched along a single road, to the north, while a path circled the plateau to the south. Halting place on the pilgrimage route to Compostela, a thriving market town, populated and wealthy - witness its medieval houses - Lauzerte remains to this day one of the most beautiful and the most typical of the hill top castelnaus to be found.

Montcuq was a thriving medieval town in the 12/13th centuries. Today it remains a lively town with several restaurants and cafes and a popular Sunday market where food and crafts can be bought from local producers and growers. It is a favourite place of mine - especially on Sunday mornings!

Castelsagrat

it was evening - hence even darker

but I love these arcades round the square

Lauzerte now - a fascinating place - still very much alive!

glorious buildings

Its me its me!

and what a view!

this is the wonderful Quercy countryside which we now drove through on the way to Montcuq

market day - a wet one too!

we did our best to buy this stall! - well a lot of it,

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Jacki 8 years, 2 months ago

I like that sign in 10! ... and the view in 13!

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