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Chateau de Calmont d'Olt, Espalion

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The Château de Calmont d'Olt is a castle situated in France, in the Aveyron département in the commune of Espalion. Perched atop a basalt dyke at an altitude of 535 m, it overlooks from 100 m the town of Espalion and the valley of the Lot. It provides a panoramic view of the Aubrac highlands.HistoryFlint fragments and a polished stone axe are evidence of occupation of the site for 5000 years. The ministerium Calvomantese was first mentioned in 883, in documents from the Abbey at Conques. It has always had a military significance, commanding the road from Rodez to Aubrac and, more widely, the crossing of the River Lot on the Toulouse-Lyon route.The building of the castle was begun in the 11th century built and continued until the 100 Years War with the building of a second curtain with eight towers in 1400. Beyond this date, there was no further development. Abandoned by its owners in the 16th century, the castle fell to ruin.The castle, in its present state, is an important milestone in the history of castle building in medieval Rouergue. It bears witness to the architectural adaptations of castles to the technical progress of the 100 Years War.
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  • Ruins that are being restaured. Pedagogical tours for children. Good guide, marvelous views of the valley.  more »
  • Trudged up the hill to be rewarded by a good ruin and lovely view. There was a display which would have been interesting but it was only in French. Having said that we did get the gist of it. Would ha...  more »
  • on top of a hill the castle is well situated and gives you a nice panorama to look at. You have to park a 100 meters from it and climb on foot. The young people working there are nice and helpful. All...  more »
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  • Calmont Castle, unique place with view on the town of Espalion. Its owner restored with care for several years and presents animations of time with particularly interesting comments. Visit not to be missed!
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  • The breathtaking view. The castle itself is quite damaged but the visits to continue its restoration. Do not miss.
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  • Castle and very friendly and playful activities. Good animations with competent people. Only downside the parking!
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  • Beautiful panorama from the Castle. Animations cool but that could be more rhythmic.
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  • Do development of pleasant heritage
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