Down in the valley Cernon a lovely winding road through one of the most beautiful hardwood forests of Causse, Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon discover a charming fortified village at the foot of the Larzac plateau, in a wooded valley and welcoming.
When in the 12th century, the Templars settled on the Larzac, they built a commandery, the best preserved in France.
The Hospitallers, who succeeded them until the Revolution, and the continued development of the village. In the 15th century, they did build fortifications by Déodat Alaus, master mason of Saint-Beauzély from 1442 to 1450, pregnant, corner towers still exist in their entirety.
Place: Fountain, inside its walls on the shady square, was built in the 17th century.
The Church: The Romanesque church of the Knights Templar whose meaning has been reversed in the 17th century. From this period dates the baroque portal opened on the square.
The Templar and Hospitaller Commandery: During the open house, or audio-guided tour, go through 600 years of history to the discovery of an exceptionally rich historical heritage which will transport you to the daily lives of these monks, soldiers: the Romanesque church, the courtyard and community building (room murals, graffiti and the watchtower, the monks' dormitory, the hall of honor).
The bike track Larzac.
The Reptile House.
Visit farm Frayssinet.
EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS
During the summer, many events are organized:
The Summer Larzac (pageant of life in the Middle Ages in a medieval camp).
Markets every Thursday afternoon.
The festival of singing stones in July.
The festival of chamber music Larzac in August.
Exhibition in the commander in July-August.
Garage sale the 2nd Wednesday of August.
The votive festival the 3rd weekend of August.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
The Tourist Office offers many tours to discover the territory. Here's an example: Circuit Templars and Hospitallers:
The route begins with Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon. This city was the seat of the Commandery of Knights Templar which depended Cavalry and Couvertoirade. In his past medieval walled room, Sainte-Eulalie has retained most of its walls, towers, gates and church. On the square, facing the commander, you can cool around the shaded fountain erected in the 17th century and discover the beautiful Romanesque church in part.
Cavalry Division, Templar and Hospitaller another site. For the D77, D277, D227 to La Cavalry. The Cavalry was created by the Templars and then strengthened by the Hospitallers. Today it still retains its ramparts (recently restored) and old doors. Inside the enclosure there are houses from the 15th and 17th century mansions. This village, expanding, is also driven by new companies coming to live with the A75.
Department now Dourbie Valley for the next step: Nant. By D999.
Taking the road to Nant to exit Cavalry, one can see the famous camp facilities Larzac which the extension project had led the peasants in the struggle Larzac 1971 to 1981. Further, the road winding along the mountain will offer a magnificent view over the village of Nant.
Nant stands on the banks of the Dourbie at the entrance of the gorge. The old town still has buildings which reflect its role as a Catholic stronghold. The abbey church, the old hall and the bridge Prade be discovered. Look up, you will discover a large rock watching over the village, "the rock Nantes. If you're lucky you can hear him speak on windy days!
Go to the Larzac to finish the afternoon Couvertoirade. For the D999, the D55 and the D7.
Coming from the D55, Couvertoirade rises suddenly on the desert landscape Larzac like a treasure buried in the middle of this vast plateau. The former possession of the Knights Templar Commandery depended on the Sainte-Eulalie. You will discover the unique Templar castle in the Western world, the fortifications erected by the Hospitallers. The mansions and houses caussenardes to the charm of this fortified village and invite you to linger.