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Monkly: photos, description (Montclus)

Monkly is a beautiful old village in the South of France, Languedoc - Roussillon. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". Here lives only 157 people. The nearest major town is Nimes, famous for its ancient Roman buildings. The distance is approximately 70 kilometers.

The landscape of this region is typically Mediterranean - there are a lot of vineyards and the evergreen bushes and spring blooms all around lavender that is a truly beautiful sight. Nearby is the large bend of the river Cèze. The town itself stands on a rock, and the river flows in a deep gorge.

The area is steeped in history - in the course of archaeological excavations in 1957 it was established that the first sites of ancient people were here for 8000 years before Christ.

It is known that here stood a large Benedictine monastery, from which there is only a small chapel, which served as the temple of the knights Templars in the XII-XIII centuries. The first documentary evidence of settlement belong to the year 1263, and 12 years later there was built a fortress, from which now remains only the main square donjon tower. It is a powerful and high stone building, on the ground floor which formerly housed a prison. The donjon of the castle Monkly received the status of monument of history and culture of France in 1977.

The village is a single architectural ensemble - here are a lot of old houses and mansions built of white stone. Streets, as in other typical medieval towns, narrow and winding. Right in part of the city are agricultural lands and fruit trees.

It is worth noting that 15 kilometers from Monkly is another picturesque village, is also a member of the Association "Most beautiful villages of France" - La Roque-sur-Cèze.