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Lavardin: photos, description (Lavardens)

Lavardin is a beautiful old village in the South of France, region MIDI - Pyrenees. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to only about 400 people.

The nearest large settlement is the city of Osh, located 14 kilometres South-East of the village. The settlement itself stands on a mountain ledge and you'll be winding, steep streets. On the highest point stood a medieval fortress, destroyed by the troops of king Charles VIII in 1496. This castle was built in 1140 and was an important military-strategic object family - the counts d'armagnac, a native of Gascony.

After the ruins of the medieval buildings were destroyed in 1575, this place was built the second castle that has preserved elements of the previous one. His new owner was Antoine Rokler, Marshal of France during the reign of Louis XIII. The construction lasted from 1608 to 1620. Fortress is a fortified building with strong walls and towers. Despite frequent change of owners, it has retained its original appearance. Only in 1920, when the building was converted into an industrial enterprise collapsed roof of the building. At the moment, were carried out all due the restoration works, the castle is under state protection, and instead it held various exhibitions and colorful presentation.

In addition to the fortress in the city there are traces of the fortress wall and defensive fortifications. The best preserved five small towers, the height of which is approximately equal to 15 meters. They were all built in the middle Ages.

A small town Church, consecrated in honor of St. Michael, also is a fairly fortified structure. It is assumed that its tower, supported by powerful buttresses, previously served as the donjon - the main tower of the first citadel. The temple was decorated in the XV century, the same period is dated the delicate stained glass of the Cathedral.

In addition, the city has many mansions and rich houses XV-XVI centuries, which gives it a single, unique architectural appearance. No wonder more and more tourists visit this picturesque village. Lavardin also has a pleasant Maritime climate with hot summers.