Fortified Village of Larressingle
Gers, South-West France
Fortified Village from Medieval Times
Larressingle is a 13th century fortified village situated about 11km from Camping La Brouquere in the departement Gers (Gascony) in the South-West of France.
Sometimes, the fortified village of Larressingle is called the Carcassonne of the Gers. This is mildly exagerated, but still, Larressingle is a tiny walled village with a church, a small museum (La Halte du Pèlerin: 50 dolls in ancient clothing), several shops and restaurants. It is certainly worth a visit, especially because of the lack of mass tourism.
Just outside the walls of Larressingle, a small medieval battlefield has been reconstructed where ancient warfare equipment is demonstrated. Old canons, stone throwers or battle rams: it is all there. The use of these old fighting machines is demonstrated and explained. Children (as well as adults) are even invited to participate in launching the medieval stone thrower. A big thrill for the kids!
Entrance to the village is free but for the battlefield demonstrations an entrance fee applies. A little knowledge of the French language might come in handy since the demonstrations are in French. However, a flyer explaning about the warfare equipment is available in English.
For more information please surf to larressingle.free.fr