Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A Visit To Turenne, One Of The Most Beautiful Villages In France

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As part of our trip to Aubazine, my husband, daughter and I stopped to visit Turenne in the Limousin.
Turenne, with its medieval dungeon dating back to the XIIIth century, and its chateau, is perched high on a rock and was once strategically located at the intersection of old commercial and religious routes. It is so picturesque and well preserved that it has been named one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France.
The houses below the fortress were erected during the XVth to the XVIIIth centuries. Made of limestone with slate roofs,  most are still mostly inhabited. They are also under landmark protection.
Walking through the charming, cobblestoned streets of this beautiful place made me wonder why it is so difficult to protect history in New York City and why, despite much effort, the tiny landmark district in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, has not yet been expanded.



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