TOUR DE DEFENSE

Historic site and monument ,  Tower at Villemur-sur-Tarn

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  • The main component of the former city’s defensive system, the ramparts of the inner city came to rest on the flanks of this imposing brick tower with two floors. Dating back to the 12th century, this building is listed as an Historic Monument. From 1340, a mill was built at the foot of the Tower, since then playing an important economic role in the city’s growth.
    A place of secret meetings and a cult location during the Revolution, the Tower was turned into a prison in 1795. From 1826, the Tower’s mill was extended upwards of its initial two floors. The mill and the Tower would house a flour mill, and then a rabbit hide blowing workshop, a raw material favoured for the manufacture of felt hats.
    In 1872, the Brusson family set up its first pasta manufacturing workshop in the Tower.
    Rising 16.70 metres and with its flat tile roof, the Tower Defence rises 30 meters above the water. From an architectural point of view, it is of a Visigoth style based on a short rectangle extended by a semi-circle. The arrow slits, still visible today, are reminiscent of and bear witness to its original military function. On the ground floor inside, its original frame and extreme beauty is reminiscent of an overturned ship's hull.
    An iconic location in the city, today it houses numerous exhibitions in a social, fun setting. Located in the Notre-Dame district, together with the mill, the Tower Defence is the city’s oldest monument.
  • Access
    • Airport/airfield  :  Toulouse Blagnac at 36 km
    • Railway station  :  Gare St Sulpice at 21 km
    • Motorway  :  A68 St Sulpice at 19 km
Openings
Openings
  • All year