The Secrets of The Templars


La Couvertoirade
Aveyron Department in southern France
43° 54′ 50.04″ N, 3° 19′ 1.92″ E

La Couvertoirade is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.

History and sites of interest

This well-preserved fortified town was owned by the Knights Templar, under orders from the Commandery of Sainte-Eulalie, from the twelfth 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 between 1439 and 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.


Vue de la Couvertoirade depuis le chemin de ronde.  - by Sylvagnac

Sources:

La Couvertoirade (Aveyron) by Marie Hautcoeur

Maison typique de La Couvertoirade (Aveyron) by Castanet


La Couvertoirade (Aveyron) , La Maison de la Scipione. by Castanet

La Couvertoirade (Aveyron) by Ancalagon

Commanderie des templiers. Cet édifice est classé au titre des monuments Historiques. Il est répertorié dans la base Mérimée, base de données sur le patrimoine architectural français du ministère de la Culture, sous la référence by Daniel Villafruela


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