Photos of southwestern France
Historic towns and villages of south west France
The Tarn, department of the south west of France has superb small historic towns. The most famous is Albi known for its splendid cathedral and historic center. The second town of the Tarn is Castres. A little less known than its big sister, it nevertheless deserves a visit. You will discover a unique historical center with old private hotels, half-timbered houses and working-class dwellings.
Religious architecture of the Tarn
I invite you to visit the old church of Saint Jacques de Villegoudou. Located on the left bank of Angout this church which dates from the 17th century is splendid inside. You will see old frescoes and a unique religious art. This statue of the Virgin at the entrance of the church is made of wood. The original colors are still visible. During your visit of Castres, think also to discover the church Saint Benoit.
Butcher's shop in Castres
When I was little, I regularly saw an old butcher. When she arrives in a neighborhood she honked. What's not to like in Castres. Certainly the vehicle has evolved greatly, but the same remains. This butchery stood alone in the great square of the town.
Traditional village of France - Najac
Located in the Aveyron, I propose you to discover the superb village of Najac. Classified among the most beautiful villages in France, it has a unique shape. It is located at the foot of a rocky peak dominated by an old medieval castle, very well preserved. It is part of the bastides that one finds today in the southwest and is witness of the wars of religion. Like many villages in the south of France, Najac gradually lost its inhabitants: 720 in 2013 against nearly 2500 inhabitants at the end of the 19th century. (© Photos by E. Buchot)
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