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Saint-Kom-d'olt: photo, description Saint-Come-d'olt)

Saint-Kom-d'olt - old hamlet in the South of France, region MIDI - Pyrenees. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to nearly 1,400 people. The nearest major town - Rodez - located 27 kilometres South-West. Saint-Kom-d'olt is located on the way to the tomb of St. James in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, and therefore during the middle Ages it was very popular among pilgrims.

The first settlements appeared here in prehistoric times and also during archaeological excavations were discovered ancient Roman artifacts.

It should be noted that the town was situated on the slope of a high hill, and its streets are on different levels and therefore they are particularly steep and winding. The highest elevation is 840 meters above sea level.

The village got its name because not far from it was placed the medieval almshouse of saints Cosmas and Damian the XI century. From this construction it remains only St. Peter's Church, a modest structure, surmounted by a powerful bell tower-belfry. Despite the addition of new elements and the reconstruction of its appearance remains pristine.

The second temple - Church of Saint-Come - a little younger: it is made in the flamboyant Gothic style. The most recognizable item is its crooked spire. The Church was completed in the early XVI century and has a rich interior decoration, especially the mausoleum of black marble, where the count's heart Denis Prasino, Minister during the reign of Charles X (XIX century).

It should also be noted city hall, which is located in the castle Castello. It was built in the XIII century and served as the meeting places of the urban nobility. In XIV-XV centuries, there lived the family Castelnau, after whom the castle got its name. Until the late nineteenth century it was the residence of the Marquis de Saint-Coma, and in 1891 the house passed to the monks who opened a boarding school of St. Louis. Only in 1970 moved here from the city administration. The castle was rebuilt several times, but, in principle, has kept its authentic appearance. Stand out angular cylindrical towers of the XIV century.