Photos of southwestern France
Historic center of the small town of Castres
The South West of France and more particularly the department of Tarn, abounds in superb small towns and villages. Castres has the airs of Venice with its houses in the water on the banks of the Agout. But it is also an old town built along the river and around the church of Saint Benoit. During your visits you will see superb private hotels dating from the 17th century, half-timbered houses, old traditional shops.
Historic city of Tarn
The town of Castres is a witness to the history of the Tarn. During your walk in the old medieval streets and on the banks of the Angout, you will see the past wealth of the city. Its economic development developed in the 19th century, notably with textiles and tanneries. This city also saw birth Jean Jaurès, famous politician of the 19th century. Some streets are wide and lined with private hotels and others are narrow and recall the medieval quarter of the city.
Facade of a traditional house
The city of Castres knew at the beginning of the years 2000 important restoration projects like the place Jean Jaurès and the place of the Republic. In 2016, whole streets of the historic center are completely restored and restored to pedestrians. They are bordered by beautiful traditional houses of the South West, half-timbered houses. During your walks, you will discover houses with traditional facades as in this photo.
Front of the church of Saint Jacques de Villegoudou
On the left bank of the Agout, you will discover an old medieval quarter composed of old colored houses, narrow streets. At the end of the street of the church is the old church of Saint Jacques de Villegoudou. This church is much less known than Saint Benoit on the right bank. Yet it is superb, old to wish. It dates from the 17th and 18th century. Only the belfry bears witness to the early church dating from the 14th century. (© Photos by E. Buchot)
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