Photos of southwestern France
Picture of an old house in the center of the village
The village of Sauveterre de Rouergue is built in a very harmonious way. The whole building and houses does not exceed 3 floors. The whole is not very colorful; Only the openings (windows and doors) are colored. On the village square, the houses have a base made of stones, all forming arcades. Local shops are installed. The village has a checkerboard shape. This gives the village a rigorous appearance.
I invite you to discover Sauveterre de Rouergue in the morning. The village awakens and you will discover some scenes of everyday life. You will find information at the tourist office located near the main road.
Main square of the village - the traditional houses
When you are in the main square of the village of Sauveterre, you will have a glimpse of what a bastide is and its traditional architecture. The houses are relatively low: no more than 2 floors. They are not all built of stone or half-timber, but made of cob. The square has a rectangular shape traversed all along by arcades. Historically, the village of Sauveterre was best known for its cutlery. There are still some artisans left today.
Like all the French countryside, Sauveterre was marked by rural exodus. Nowadays, many houses are for sale where are no longer inhabited, especially in winter. Nevertheless, the proximity of the town of Rodez allows to maintain a small activity.
Bastides of the south west of France
The villages of south-western France are the witnesses of the history of France. Many of them were founded in the Middle Ages, especially in the 12th and 13th centuries: they are bastides, that is to say, new towns. These creations are linked to the marked urban development during this period. 14 departments are affected by these new cities. All are focused on economic development, but many have had a defensive role.
Sauveterre de Rouergue is therefore a bastide, but unlike its neighbors like Belcastel, Najc or Cordes sur Ciel, it does not have a castle or a fortified enclosure. Moreover, Sauveterre is not located on a peak.
Beautiful street of the village church of Sauveterre de Rouergue
Most of the time in the towns and villages of France, there is a pari before the churches. In Sauveterre, village of the department of Aveyron, this is not the case. The church is not built in the center of the village. To get there, you have to take a small alley. The retreat does not, however, allow us to have an overview of the religious edifice. The monument is today classified to historical monuments. The church was built in the 14th century in the southern Gothic style. It is composed of a single nave and has the shape of a Latin cross; Traditional form in France. Enjoy your visit to the village to discover the old streets lined with stone or half-timbered houses. (© Photos by E. Buchot)
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