Fort de Valros

Valros, France

The Fort de Valros is a ruined small castle or fortress. The site has no visible trace of occupation from antiquity, but archaeological digs have uncovered the remains of a necropolis used from the 8th to the 10th century.

The promontory on which the fort stands is a strategic observation post. It dominates the valley of the Thongue and controls two very ancient communication routes: the roads from Béziers to Pézenas and from Saint-Thibéry to Alignan-du-Vent. From historical records, it is known that in 1199, the powerful Viscount of Béziers, Raymond Roger Trencavel, authorised his vassal Etienne de Servian to build a forcia on the podium of Valros. But, from 1210, during the Albigensian Crusade, Etienne de Servian was forced to recount, under pressure from the troops of Simon de Montfort. Thus, the fortress had only a short functioning military life. It was dismantled soon after its construction, in the first half of the 13th century. Thereafter, the site continued to be frequented by troops who took water from the cistern, which never dried up.

The small square tower nestled in the south west corner of the fortress is a remnant of the aerial telegraphy invented at the end of the 18th century by the engineer Claude Chappe (1763-1805), using semaphore signals.

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Founded: 1199
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Virginie Boucher (9 months ago)
You really have to go there, the view is magical! We can see so far! Extraordinary! We learn and take the air! Magical places on an evening of July 13 or 14 depending on the village and we can see them all from afar! It is superb !
Lucie Machault (10 months ago)
Magnificent view
Virginie Bluzat (10 months ago)
Spectacular view
Noah Audemard (16 months ago)
Great place to rest, walk with medieval scenery I recommend (the view at the top of the tower is absolutely magnificent! ?)
Laurent Rinaldi (17 months ago)
Exceptional view.
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