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Bar-Le-château: photo description (Brousse-le-Chateau)

Bar-Le-Chateau is a beautiful old village in the South of France, region MIDI - Pyrenees. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France".

The settlement is located at an altitude of 220 metres above sea level. In this area, the main specialization of the population is sheep farming and the production of various cheeses including the famous Roquefort. The nearest large town is Rodez, which is about 60 kilometers.

The main attraction of this place is the medieval castle, the first mention of which dates back to the IX century. From 1204 to 1700 years - almost five hundred years - lived here seigneurs d Arpajon, noble family, originating from the County of Rouergue. The building of the residence have been preserved and not completely part of it now lies in ruins. Unfortunately, despite the strong fortifications, the construction was not able to survive numerous wars, including the devastating hundred years war with England and the collision with the Huguenots in the sixteenth century. However, in the XV century this area was chosen by retired soldiers, who decided to devote himself to civilian life, and during the religious wars the majority of the population in the end decided not to resist and go to Protestantism. Only the castle remained only parts of the walls and towers, as well as on his site now has grown a stunning rose garden.

Among other city landmarks stand out round the bridge 1366, the oldest medieval mill, the Gothic Cathedral of St. James of the XV century and the chapel of St. Cyrus, which was destroyed during the religious wars but rebuilt in 1640. Around this Church is broken in the old village cemetery. Other city buildings also belong to the XVII century.

This settlement managed to preserve the authentic atmosphere of the middle Ages, and why it is so popular among tourists. Visitors also Bar-Le-Chateau are invited to explore the village is by boat or to go fishing.