Bastide

A bastide is a town or village in the south-west of France which is, or was once, fortified. The term means “new town”, and comes from the medieval period, which is when most bastides were founded. They usually have a geometric street plan, although some of them, such as Lauzerte in Tarn et Garonne have been forced into other shapes by the relief of the site.

Typical bastide settlements are:

Castelsagrat, Tarn et Garonne
Lauzerte, Tarn et Garonne
Lafrancaise, Tarn et Garonne




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