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03/12/2008

La Couvertoirade, Aveyron, France


These photos were taken in La Couvertoirade, on the Larzac plateau, in the Aveyron department in France.
This well-preserved fortified town was owned by the Knights Templar, under orders from the Commandery of Sainte-Eulalie, from the 12th century. The Templars built the fortress there during the 12th and 13th centuries; its two upper floors have since been removed. Following their dissolution in 1312, the Templars' property in the causses was taken by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem who were responsible for building the curtain wall at La Couvertoirade in about 1450.
Like other Larzac villages, the population fell rapidly in the 19th century, to as few as 362 by 1880. Today, it is largely inhabited by craftsmen working with enamel, pottery, weaving and similar crafts. See also
La Couvertoirade website.

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