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Smalyany Castle Ruins

Smalyany Castle was probably built before 1626 by the order of Duke S. A. Sangushka. It took part to the several battles in the war with Russia (1654-1667) and in Great Northern War (1700-1721). The castle consisted of inner court and 3-4 corner towers. They buildings had three storeys. The decline of Smalyany castle began in the mid-18th century. Today ruins with embossed decorum have survived.
Founded: Before 1626 | Location: Smalyany, Belarus

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Historic Village of Olargues

Olargues is a good example of a French medieval town and rated as one of the most beautiful villages in France. It was occupied by the Romans, the Vandals and the Visigoths. At the end of the 11th century the Jaur valley came under the authority of the Ch√Ęteau of the Viscount of Minerve. The following centuries saw a succession of wars and epidemics, and it was not until the 18th century that Olargues became re-established. This was due to the prosperity of local agriculture and artisanal industry.

The Pont du Diable, 'Devil's Bridge', is said to date back to 1202 and is reputed to be the scene of transactions between the people of Olargues and the devil. The old village is clustered around the belltower, which was formerly the main tower of the castle (Romanesque construction). The old shops have marble frontages and overhanging upper storeys. A museum of popular traditions and art is to be found in the stairs of the Commanderie.