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  Raw stones and flowers
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  • Raw stones and flowers - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Raw stones and flowers
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  • The templar's castle - Languedoc-Roussillon
      The templar's castle
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  • The small cemetery - Languedoc-Roussillon
      The small cemetery
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      Who is buried here?
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  • Walls the templars built - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Walls the templars built
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If you drive on your way to Languedoc, coming from North on motorway A75, you may want to make a stop in a very picturesque, a bit strange or even mystic place, a village built around a templar castle, still occupied by Hospitalier order monks (knights?): La Couvertoirade. This place is in fact located in Midi-Pyrénées region, but very close to Languedoc, and travellers do not mind a lot about administrative boundaries, and prefer natural entities; La Couvertoirade is located on the Causse Plateau, which extends widely into Languedoc.
Few years ago, on the way south, with friends we decided to make a stop for a dinner at the ?Auberge de la Couvertoirade?, and it was for me the opportunity to quickly visit the village before dusk; this place on the high plateau deserves a real visit, more than the evening I spent there, and I only can advise to have a look at JLBG?s page about that place.
Only walking in the narrow streets bordered by the raw stone houses, where the only colours are given by flowers and foliage (picture 1) is an enchantment.
But more than ?enchantment?, there is the atmosphere during a misty evening, discovering the high towers of the castle which the Templars had built (picture 2), and when arriving at an old cemetery, with these strange crosses and tombstones, you almost are diving into middle age. . . . .
Who is buried here (picture 4)? Ordinary people had no ?rich? tombstones like this one; a Templar? an important pilgrim? Whoever, when walking amongst the tombs, in the evening quietude your imagination is very fertile. . . .
Well, this place is very interesting to visit, and on the high plateau, far from everywhere, you just can be impressed by the high wall the templars built here (picture 5); did they hide something here? Did they take refuge?

On Motorway A75, way out 49 at Le Caylar, then, 7 km north.
Way out 48, at L?Hospitalet du Larzac, 8 km east on D7, then 6 km south.

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  • Written Mar 14, 2010
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