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Florac is a commune of the Lozère department in southern France.HistoryMedievalRaymond of Anduze held the barony of Florac and is recorded as using the castle there in the 13th century. In 1363 local born Pope Urban V lent the town 300 florins for the construction of ramparts. Such defences were not at all unusual and offered desirable security and protection for the townspeople. These Medieval city walls finally came down in 1629 after the Edict of Alès, which despite allowing some concessions for Huguenots, insisted on the pulling down of fortifications at perceived 'strongholds'.19th centuryFlorac was visited by a young Robert Louis Stevenson and features as a chapter in his droll Victorian bestseller Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879).Historic BuildingsEcclesiasticalThe French Wars of Religion resulted in the destruction of Florac's medieval catholic church in 1561 and sometime after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Florac's first Protestant church was also razed.Today there are two fairly large churches on the respective sites of the older structures. The Protestant church has a historical information plaque bearing the date 1832, while higher up the hill towards Causse Méjean the Catholic Saint-Martin's bears the date 1833. It seems reasonable to infer a sort of competitive zeal in the construction of these rival temples.
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