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Bastide of MontjoieNot far from Saint-Lizier, the Montjoie-en-Couserans Bastide was founded in 1256 by a Treaty of Pariatge between the Couserans Bishop and Alphonse de Poitiers, Count of Poitiers and Toulouse.

The village was surrounded by square-shaped fortified walls with a tower at each angle. Two ogival-shaped doors, on the east and west side, gave access to it. Nowadays, one can admire the remains of the western towers, whereas on the east side, only the entrance door is preserved. At the time, houses were built at the foot of the walls.

Castrum of CaumontCaumont would mean the bald or the hot mountain. Located near a heavily travelled lane, the inhabitants found refuge behind the Castrum’s ramparts

Occupied during the Roman era, the village offers an interesting archeological heritage with its Castrum and its XIIIth century medieval fortress, located at the summit of the Plech hill.

The fortress was composed of 47 cells and a dungeon with a 118 m long and 44 m wide oval shaped enclosure. In the cells, evidence of fire places and some key holes can be seen.

chateau encourtiech34 fortified castles to discover in Couserans : Saint-Girons, Saint-Lizier, Montjoie, Encourtiech, Lacourt, Cazavet, Caumont, Clermont, Montesquieu Avantès, Prat, Taurignan... You will find interpretive panels on site.
Guided tours on foot or by car are suggested to lead you to the castle high walls and fortified villages (information Saint-Girons Saint-Lizier Tourist office)

The book entitled «Châteaux et forts médiévaux en Couserans, une invitation à la découverte» from denis Mirouse and Pascal Audabram, allows to complete your visit, together with a web site : couserans.forgottenworlds.org.