Stone Love – A little village in the South of France

Campagne%20sur%20Aude%20llll[1]2Renovation, Restoration, Triangulation

Ok, so here we have the village of Campagne-sur-Aude. Unique in it’s central 11th century fort, housing the church, the Templar Knights’ quarters, Masters House, smithy, armoury and stables.

Around this circular structure, 20140728_111622what is now the Promenade du Chateau Fort was once a moat with a single main entrance to the church (The door you see above is a later addition)-Right- Originally you would have entered here and followed the narrow curved path (just wide enough for a laden Knight) around and upward to the original entrance-Left

20140728_111445These little houses that form the fort walls are still inhabited. Love the casually sited air-con unit sitting in front of the blocked up doorway!

So which of these little stone French gems is ours? Well, the red arrow in the header photo shows our double roof…

The line of trees behind us edge the river Aude.

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About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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6 Responses to Stone Love – A little village in the South of France

  1. Osyth says:

    How fascinating that fortress/church … of course I have never seen one because this is the only one! You have certainly chosen a lovely village 🙂

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    • There are many “circulade”villages in France but although similar, ours is unique, according to the local unofficial historian whose family have passed the story of the village orally down through the generations.
      I understand that this is because all the accomodation and services the fort relied on were part of the one central building
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      • I will be writing lots more on the history of the village in future posts

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      • Osyth says:

        Most interesting and as an aside one of the things that is fantastic about France is the real interest in their own heritage and the proliferation of local historians who pass the stories down the generations. I hope the traditions survives as more and more of the young are forced to move out away from their rural routes to the cities.

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      • Yes- I find that French pride and sense of ownership of their history very inspiring. I would love to get involved in local history groups and if they want any artwork doing I am up for that!

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      • Osyth says:

        You must! They will love the offer of artwork I’m sure …

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