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Najac Village and Royal Fortress

Plus Beaux Villages de France

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Najac is famous for its beautiful village – one of the most beautiful of France (“Plus beaux villages de France”) for its royal fortress buit in 1263 and for its surrounding beautiful region of Aveyron river canyons.
The little village population 750 has beautiful houses dating from the as long ago as the 14th century and its main characteristic is the enlargement of the main street that forms an oval place.
The royal fortress – now a still imposing ruin – was built in the 13th century on the order of the last Count of Toulouse Alphonse de Poitiers for the protection of the Rouergue region. The stronghold took an active role in the Albigensian Crusade and the Hundred Years Wars and its dungeon was used in 1307 as a prison for the Templars of La Couvertoirade .

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Visiting Hours:Royal Fortress visits:
From March 31 to May 31 from 10:30am to 1pm and from 3pm to 5:30pm
From June 1 to June 30 from 10:30am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6:30pm.
In July and August from 10/30 am to 7pm and on Wednesday until 8pm.
September 1 to November 11 from 10:30am to 1pm and from 3pm to 5:30pm.


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