Photographer's Note

April 15th, 2010
Martel 460185 46600
Lot Midi-Pyrénées
44.936 1.606 227 m

Saint-Maur gothic church, Martel

One view.
Other view. April 21st, 2010.

Saint-Maur church of southernmost Gothic style of 14th 15th 16th centuries. It is a strengthened church, with a bell-tower in tower of defense, and a surmounted bedside of rooms of watch.

It succeeded a style romanesque church of which there remains only the gate and its carved tympanum of 12th century.

Martel is a village built in 11th century, on a causse, known as the "CAUSSE de MARTEL". In 12th and 14th centuries during the Hundred Years' War, it was surrounded by two strengthened enclosures and was not taken. Delivered to the English by the treaty of Brétigny in 1360, Du Guesclin took it again in 1374. The city preserves a considerable architectural heritage.

The "CAUSSE de MARTEL" with its 300 meters of altitude, is the least highest of Causses of Quercy area. The Causses of Quercy are made of seven principal causses, the "Causse Corrèzien" in Corrèze, the "Causse de Martel", the "Causse de Gramat", the "Causse de Saint-Chels", the "Causse de Limogne", these four last in the departement of The Lot, and the "Causse de Caylus" in Tarn-et-Garonne.

MARTEL is a french commune, located in the department of the Lot of the Midi-Pyrenees area, populated of 1467 Martelais, distributed on 36 km ², that is to say 41 hab. /km ².

One calls Martel "La ville aux sept tours", the city with the seven towers, which are bell-towers, belfries or towers of defense.

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