Kwidzyn contains the partially ruined 14th century Brick Gothic Ordensburg castle of the Teutonic Order, namely the Bishops of Pomesania within the Order. Connected to the castle to the east is a large cathedral (built 1343-1384) containing the tombs of the bishops as well those of three Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights.
The former Prussian fortress in Kwidzyn, which was occupied by the Teutonic Knights in 1233, received the city rights during the same year. In 1440 there was established the Prussian Union - today the Pomesanian"s cathedral chapter is the most precious historic and architectural treasures of Kwidzyn.
The wings of the castle with towers at the corners belonged to the defense system. Main tower today dominates the entire massif of the castle, which was also a bell tower lookout. The literally outstanding feature is a characteristic tower 'dansker' known as gdanisko of 1384. It was set by more than 50 meters from the west wing of the castle and the castle was combined with a long five spanning porches. Today the castle houses the Museum of the Castle. Kwidzyn history, its monuments and picturesque surroundings are enough attractions to visit for even the most demanding tourists.References:
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.