A Day in the Black Mountains…

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Photography, The Old Blue Truck, Travel
A Day in the Black Mountains…

Florence took a day off from her pre-exhibition rush… The most qualified Tour Guide in Cathar Country.  Through the vineyards,  over the bridge at Homps, left to La-Redorte and north-west to Villeneuve-Minervois (Center of truffels in the Languedoc). Through the mountains to Montolieu and the fascinating restoration site of old 18th and 19th century manufacturing. Paper, books and art. Down through the valley to the magnificent ruins of the 13th century Abbaye-de-Villelongue – and a brief encounter with Star Wars. Then to the circular village of Bram…

The Romans started construction of Bram in 60BCE. The modern town was born in the 12th century, built around its fortress church.

“Bram was a centre of Cathar belief, a heresy from Christianity. Their differences with Rome brought the intervention of Simon de Montfort who, following a Spanish monk who became St Dominic, besieged the town in 1210. He succeeded in three days and took revenge on resistors by cutting off the top lip of all his prisoners and gouging out the eyes of all but one. For the last he gouged out only one eye so that he could lead the others out of the town…”

Yes – well… The Circular Village of Bram…

Bram Circular Village

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