Formerly called Montesquieu-sur-Canal, this village, located on a hill, developed around the feudal castle at the beginning of the XNUMXth century. Montesquieu was once one of the ten main cities of the diocese of Toulouse.

In the XNUMXth century, it was the refuge of Bons Hommes et Bonnes Femmes (the Cathars) who owned ten houses in the village. According to the texts, there was even in Montesquieu one of the five Cathar cemeteries of Lauragais! At that time, the village was protected by ramparts and ditches, the layout of which can be guessed by walking through the streets.

In the 3th century, the lords of Montesquieu espouse the cause of Protestantism. The inhabitants convert to this new religion. After ten years, on July 1586, XNUMX, the village was besieged by the Catholics led by the Duke of Joyeuse. It is reduced to ashes and the inhabitants are strictly forbidden to return.

However, despite this ban, the city is gradually being rebuilt.
The Saint-Jacques church dates from 1600. It has a beautiful 5-bay bell tower overlooking the plain.
Crossed by the Canal du Midi, the town is home to the interesting Négra lock below.
The latter was formerly an obligatory stopover for the "dinée" (lunch) of the passengers of the Post boat.

Guided tour for groups, on request all year round.

Services

Equipments

  • Aire de pique-nique

Services

  • Playground

To discover nearby

DOMAINE EN CASTANET

DOMAIN IN CASTANET

PETIT ROUS

LITTLE ROUS

LES SAVEURS DE LA TERRE

THE FLAVORS OF THE EARTH

GITES LES GRANGES DE FLOLIE – AMANDINE

GITES LES GRANGES DE FLOLIE – AMANDINE

GÎTE DE LUCAT

LUCAT GITE

MARCHÉ DE PRODUCTEURS A RENNEVILLE

PRODUCERS MARKET IN RENNEVILLE

LAC DE L’ORME BLANC

WHITE ELM LAKE

LE GÎTE DE LAURAC

THE GÎTE DE LAURAC

NAVICANAL

SHIPPING

LE GARDOUCH

THE GARDOUCH

LE PAILLE EN QUEUE

STRAW IN TAIL

BONICI PIZZA

BONICI PIZZA

L’AUBERGE DU PASTEL

L'AUBERGE DU PASTEL

PIZZA GALLI

PIZZA GALLI

LE PLATIO

THE PLATIO

NAPOLI PIZZA

NAPOLI PIZZA

L’ESTANQUET

L'ESTANQUET

O PRÉ

O PRE

ARGONAUTE

ARGONAUT

LAC DE BOURG SAINT BERNARD

LAKE OF BOURG SAINT BERNARD

TUINAMA

TUINAMA

LAC DE VALLEGUE

LAKE VALLEGUE

CANAL DU MIDI

MIDI CANAL

PISCINE MUNICIPALE VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS

VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS MUNICIPAL POOL

FIL’ORIENT

THE ORIENT

ESCALE BIEN-ETRE

WELL-BEING STOPOVER

NAVICANAL

SHIPPING