Located in the heart of Aveyron, in the Massif Central, Brousse-le-Château is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. It takes place on a rocky outcrop between the Tarn and Alrance, about sixty kilometers from Rodez or Millau.
The story of Brousse-le-Château is strongly related to that of the Arpajons, which begins with Bernard I. The latter moved to the castle at the beginning of the thirteenth century, turning the tiny village into a center important for its geographical location. The city continues its life quietly over the centuries before taking the face we know, full of charm and history.
Today Brousse-le-Château continues to attract many visitors because of its location, but also its beautiful architectural and historical heritage extremely well preserved.
Open to the public, the castle of Brousse is a medieval fortress with an incredible defensive architecture. We discover a dungeon, towers included in the ramparts crowned with machicolations and loopholes. Inside, visitors can admire the house, the well-tank, the bread oven, the barnyard and the high-court. Property of the Counts of Rouergue, Toulouse, then Rodez, it becomes between the thirteenth and eighteenth century the home of the Arpajons. A large renovation project in the 2000s allowed him to regain all its acclaim, and today the castle allows a journey back in time between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Unique discovery, the castle also houses a statue-menhir carved in the late Neolithic. The building also proposes to admire a beautiful collection of sylvistructures whose theme is the almond tree.
Destroyed during the wars of religion, the Saint-Cirice church was completely rebuilt in the middle of the 17th century. Former property of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, it was once a place of pilgrimage for mental illnesses. His cemetery houses the tomb of Jacques-Francois Loiseleur-Deslongschamps, a disciple of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and geographer engineer of Louis XV came to establish the map of Cassini.
While strolling in this village full of charm, do not miss either to go to the church Saint-Jacques-the-Major, fortified building of XVe century, and to the oratory of the cemetery, both registered with the Historical Monuments.
The old Gothic bridge over the Alrance is not lacking in interest, and you will enjoy strolling through the old cobbled lanes, admiring the stone flower houses. At the entrance of the village, an exhibition of very original ceramics is to discover.