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October 14, 2007
La Couvertoirade 120082 12230
Aveyron Midi-Pyrenees
43.917 3.317 785 m

Saint-Christol church, built by the Hospital ones in XIVème century.

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On Causse of Larzac, in a medieval village built at the 12th century by the Knights of the order of the Temple, and in a strengthened enclosure built with the 15e century by the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. The templiers, then the Hospital ones in 1312, practised the culture and the breeding there, providing provisioning for the war.

The church also took part in defense. It is made up of three spans closed by a flat bedside, surmounted of a powerful bell-tower.

A vault templière devoted to Christol saint of Xe century, with preceded the church. One can still see his ruins to 500 m, outside, in the east of the village.

Knights of the Order of the Temple, Templiers.
In 1119, Hugues de Payns, knight originating in Champagne, melt a militia which will become the "Knights of the Order of the Temple". Monks, knights, monks and soldiers, Templiers will defend Jerusalem, and the pilgrims going on the tomb of Christ.
In 1312, the order is dissolved, and after a lawsuit, the large Master Jacques de Molay and other Templiers are sharp flarings on roughing-hew it.

Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem
Before the first crusade, a hospital is founded in Jerusalem close of the Holy Sepulchre for the Western pilgrims, other Hospitals are create in the wearing of loading Italian and Provencaux. In 1113, the Hospital of Midsummer's Day of Jerusalem is recognized like an independent hospital order.
In 1140, the Order of the Hospital becomes in military order, with néanmmoins vocation of charity and defenders of Christendom.
In 1291, following the fall of Saint-Jesn-d'Acre, the Knights Templar are folded up in Cyprus, then in Rhodos.
In 1312, the goods of Templiers, after their dissolution, are allotted to the Hospital ones.
In 1522, Turkish takes Rhodos.
In 1530, the emperor Charles Quint allots Malta to the Hospital ones. They since are called Sovereign Military Order of Malta or Knights of Malta .

La Couvertoirade is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron and the Midi-Pyrénées area. Its inhabitants are called Couvertoiradois. It is populated of 153 inhabitants out of 62 km², that is to say 2 hab/km².

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