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Cathars and countryside in Cordes Sur Ciel, first bastide of France

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The views from the village: the countryside and the houses of Cordes Sur Ciel

Perched on a small hill about one hundred meters high, in the countryside of the Southwest of France, is one of the most important historical pearls in the region: Cordes Sur Ciel.

This small town that received more than 6,000 souls - currently barely exceeds 2,000 inhabitants - was an economic center of great importance. The first bastide -fortified city- from France It was built in 1222 by Raimon VII, Count of Toulouse. His intention was to create a fortress that defended their territories and give a place to live to the many families that had been scattered throughout the region due to the continuing religious wars that ravaged it.

We arrived at the doors of its walls one morning of ceiling. The afternoon before we had strolled through the streets of Montauban, dotted with historic pink brick buildings.

The door of the wall through which we access Cordes Sur Ciel

Christian Riviere, from the press department of the tourist office of TarnIt came when we admired the beautiful views of the countryside that were offered from one of the many natural balconies of Cordes sur Ciel.

Although I am one of those who like to discover the places at their own pace and alone, I recognize that, to reach the depths and really know villas like Cordes, it is necessary that someone versed in their history discover their secrets.

Christian has been, no doubt, one of the best guides I've ever had. Friendly and friendly his knowledge of the place was infinite. He spoke a very basic Spanish and our French was not to shoot rockets, but, with the punctual help of our Melánie - who acted as translator - we had no problem soaking up the charm of the town.

Guild marks on the lintel

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