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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France

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Lauzerte is a village of 1500 inhabitants situated in the southwest of the old French region of Quercy. It is a fully deserving member of the community of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The most beautiful villages of France").
Situated on a steep rocky outcrop overlooking the valleys of Petite Barguelonne and Lendou Rivers, Lauzerte was founded in the 12th century by the count of Toulouse. According to the legend Lauzerte name comes from lizard (lézard in French) a reptile widespread in sunny Quercy. The lizard is today an emblem of the commune, and even figures on its coat of arms.
Lauzerte has also been since the Middle Ages a stop on the road to Saint James de Compostelle on Via Podiensis.
Nowadays Lauzerte is a major tourist attraction of the region, famous for its preserved ancient architecture as well as for the gourmet market organized here each Thursday in the summer months of July and August.

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