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The village of Bruniquel

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When coming from the south road towards Bruniquel its castle hanging over the cliff above Aveyron River will immediately draw your attention
Bruniquel’s history goes back to the prehistoric times.
The vestiges that were recently discovered in the cave Pouxets, attest that the location was inhabited since the Lower Paleolithic.
During the Crusade against the Cathars the village, already equipped with its first protection wall since the 12th century, and whose signor was Baudoin the half-brother of the Earl of Toulouse and a cathar sympathiser, houses the Occitan troubadour Guillaume de Tudèle who leaves up a "poem-reportage" about this war.
During the Hundred Year War, in 1355, the city acquires its second fortified wall.
In the late 15th century the village is divided in 2 between two rival cousins. It is during this time that the old castle - built in the 12th century on the ruins of an old fortress - is surrounded by a separation wall and a new castle is built.
The old castle set on fire during the Religious Wars was refurbished in the 17th and 19th century. A new 20m long Renaissance style gallery that offers a beautiful panorama of the valley below was added.
The newer castle built between 1483 and 1510 was also renovated during the 17th and 18th century.
With is narrow steep streets, its wooden or stone houses with beautiful flower arrangements and other little decorations, its castles and ramparts Bruniquel is a proud member of "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France".

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