Some washing basins even have their own specificity with their stone slab shaped “V” and meet the sweet name of ” butterfly laundries
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During the subsequent years, the village remained an impressive stronghold. In 1345, during the Hundred Years’ War, when Edward the Black Prince invaded the Albigeois, he reportedly left without besieging the village… Later, it served as a shelter for Catholics who were fleeing from Gaillac because of the Wars of Religion. King Louis XIII visited Castelnau in June 1622, and stayed in the “Tonnac” house.
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It was probably built in the Merovingian period (430-740 period). The first mention of the castle in a document was in the year 825.
It has been the subject of many battles during all periods of history (crusade against the Cathars, hundred years’ war, etc..) until it was dismantled in 1586. Today work for a gradual restoration is ongoing ; this began in 2006.
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