La Couvertoirade Things to Do Tips by JLBG
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This picture gives a close up on two typical covers. On the right, the Roman tiles, found around the whole Mediterranean and called here ''tige the botte'' (boot stick). On the left ''lauze'', which are slabs of local stones.
This picture shows a general view of la Couvertoirade from the city wall. It is really impressive to be "over the walls" while the city looks and sounds so calm. There is not a single car engine roaring inside and only a few visitors strolling around !
The round tower and the square tower are seen here from further on the wall. The passage on the city wall is narrow and it is not always easy to cross other peoples! This walk is impressive but perfectly safe as there is on the outside a wall that protected the defenders from the bullets of enemies and on the inside a strong railing !
This picture shows the city wall between the two main towers, the round tower and the square tower, with a view of the landscape outside of the city. In spring, the Larzac plateau is very green and there is plenty of food for the flocks of sheep that will give their milk for the Roquefort cheese. But as soon as summer arrives, everything is dry and sunburnt.
Now that we are walking on the city wall, the landscape on the old city of La Couvertoirade is very different. This picture was shot from the city wall, towards the churchyard and over the city roofs.
On top the city wall, this passage allowed the soldiers to walk from one end of the city wall to the other, protected from the view and from the attacks of enemies. This is what Romans built on each of the edges of their empire. I have seen exactly the same structure in southern Tunisia, on the "limes" of the Roman Empire.
Pigeons are nesting inside the round tower. Sorry, it was rather dark and the picture cannot be very good ! If you enlarge the picture and look carefully, you will see the nest arranged inside the wall and a few pigeons.
This picture gives a view of La Couvertoirade across a window grid, when going up to the city wall. The stair is very steep and you must pay attention of the visitors you will have to get across in the stairs. The landscape on the old city is magnificent.
The "hôtel particulier de la Scipione" (Scipione house) is now the information center for visiting La Couvertoirade. It is there that you pay for having access to the round tower and to the city wall. Beware, the stairs are steep !
The "hôtel particulier de la Scipione" (Scipione house) was built in the XVIIth century. It is now the welcome and information center for the visit of La Couvertoirade. It is also the seat of the Association "les amis de La Couvertoirade" (Friends of La Couvertoirade) which works permanently to keep the village as a true and living village and not as a zoo with an inhabited Middle-Ages village preserved only for tourists.
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