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Château de Châteaurenard

The construction of the Château de Châteaurenard was started in 1170 by Seigneur Reynardus and the castle was also named after him. The castle was modified and enlarged in the 12th and 15th centuries. In 1596 Henry IV of France ordered to demolish the castle. The ruins were damaged more in 1790 during the French Revolution. The restoration was made in the 20th century. Today the castle hosts a museum of local history.
Founded: 1170 | Location: Châteaurenard, France

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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 Château 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.