The Bastide of Montfaucon
Founded in 1293 through a pariage contract signed between Edward I, King of England, and Fortanier de Gourdon, Lord of Labastide-Fortunière, the bastide of Montfaucon surprises with its village organization. Parallel streets of the same dimensions, intersected by perpendicular carreyrous to the main streets—its orthonormal plan closely resembles the bastides of southwestern France.
Montfaucon overlooks both the Causse and the Bouriane, two distinct natural entities. The Saint-Barthélémy church houses magnificent baroque altarpieces crafted by one of the greatest workshops of sculptors and cabinetmakers from the 17th century.
Although the village has the typical history and layout of a bastide, it currently lacks its square adorned with covered walkways, often praised by visitors. In its stead, the Rehabilitation Center of La Roseraie now occupies this space, which was once a seminary.
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