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Fourcès

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Fourcès is a little village in Gers deparment, member of the "Les plus beaux villages de France" organization.
The first testimony of the existence of Fourcès dates from 1068 when a charter attests the existence of a fortification situated in what is now the center of the village. During the Hundred Years War between France and England Fourcès changes sides many times and in 1488 King Charles VII of France gives the order of the destruction of the Forcès fortress for "felony and disloyalty ". The new castle that can be seen today on the banks of the river Auzoue (it is a private property) was built by Bertrand de Fourcès starting in 1491 during the reign of Louis XII.
To enter Fourcès, when coming from Condom, one needs to cross the 2 aches stone bridge over the river Auzoue.
This bridge was built in the 15th century and was a covered bridge where the town's Jurade (city council) was holding its meeting. On the right side of the bridge there is located the Saint Laurent church that dates from the Middle Ages but was restored in the late 19th century.
Another point of interest in this "circular bastide" is the clock tower situated above the western gateway of the town and listed since 1937 as a Historic Monument by the French Ministry of Culture.

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Address:32250 FOURCES
Latitude:43.9929
Longitude:0.2302
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