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  • 1 Place des Consuls Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place des Consuls

    The 18C covered market in the middle of this square has retained its original architecture. The building, which symbolises the trade of yesteryear, is striking for its thick stone pillars supporting a heavy roof structure.

  • 2 Hôtel de la Raymondie Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place des Consuls

    Begun in 1280 by the Viscounts of Turenne, this former fortress was converted into a magnificent Gothic palace in the 14C. Dominated by a belfry, the fine façade overlooking Rue Senlis is a remarkable architectural feat. A series of ogival arcades ru..

  • 3 Martel's Old ramparts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Boulevard des Cordeliers

    Two boulevards - Fossé des Cordeliers and Fossé du Capitani - mark the site of the old 12C and 13C ramparts. A few gates and towers, including the Tour de Tournemire, are reminders that the town was once fortified with a double surrounding wall.

  • 4 St-Maur church of Martel

    Religious buildings

    Rue Droite

    St-Maur church was built between the 14C and 16C and resembles a fortified castle in parts: its buttresses were converted into defence towers and the 40m-high bell tower was used as the town's watchtower. This church has a fine Romanesque tympanum sh..

  • 5 Maison Fabri

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place des Consuls

    The disinherited son of Henry Plantagenet (King Henry II of England) died here in 1183. The small tower in the centre of the façade has openings topped with ball pediments on five storeys.

  • 6 Rue Tournemire

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Tournemire

    This small street is where ecus and deniers were coined in the 13C Hôtel de la Monnaie (mint) for the viscountcy of Turenne. Also of note is the 16C Maison Grise (grey house) bearing the town's coat of arms.

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