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Castelnau-de-Montmiral: photo description (Castelnau-de-Montmiral)

Castelnau-de-Montmiral is a beautiful old village in the South of France, region MIDI - Pyrenees. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". There are about a thousand people. The nearest major town is Toulouse, which is located 55 kilometers to the Northwest.

Interestingly, in this region, found many traces of ancient people from Paleolithic times, including several dolmens - cultic burials of the Neolithic period.

The name Castelnau-de-Montmiral refers to the city fortress, built in 1222 by count Raimon VII of Toulouse. From Latin it translates as "New castle of Montmiral". In official documents has long been used shortened form is just "Montmiral".

During the hundred years war the city was occupied by British troops with Edward the Black Prince at the head, and during the religious wars Montmiral did not give up under the attack of the Huguenots and have retained their commitment to Catholicism. In 1622 it was king Louis XIII of France.

The picturesque appearance of the settlement attracted many writers and poets, among which worth mentioning Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Tourists often visit this town because there are a lot of old houses and churches that make up a unique architectural ensemble of the city. Among its attractions you want to highlight the Church of the assumption of the virgin of XVI century, the fortified city gate of the XV century and XVI century Palace Merag with its elegant dovecotes. And at the people's square of the city survived several wealthy homes 1630.

The area features fine cuisine and a mild Mediterranean climate.