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Larressingle is a tiny - population 204 - fortified village in Gers department.
It is a member of the "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" organization. In the Middle Ages it was the residence of the Abbots of Condom who built the castle, replaced the ancient church of the town and fortified the place during the 12th and the 13th century.
The name Larressingle derives from the Latin "retro cingulum" that means place surrounded by walls and implies the possibility that the place was encircled by fortifications during the Roman occupation of the South West of France, walls that were replaced as mentioned above in the Middle Ages.
The castle was inhabited by the Abbots until the 17th century.
In the 18th century the last Abbot of Condom Monsignor d''Anterroches dismantled the roof of the castle.
The Romanesque style church was built in the 12th century in the same time as the castle. The proximity of these two constructions was dictated by the wish of the Abbot to have an easy access to the church and at the time a covered passage existed between the first level of the castle and the first level of the church.

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Address:Larressingle, 32100 Gers
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