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.

Equipments and Services

Equipments

  • Aire de pique-nique

Services

  • Playground

To discover nearby

VIGNES

VINES

O’CONNOR

O'CONNOR

LAC DE LA THESAUQUE

LAKE THESAUQUE

CAMPING LES VIOLETTES

CAMPSITE VIOLETTES

MOULIN NEUF

NEW MILL

LES ROSES D’AUTAN

THE ROSES D'AUTAN

LE GÎTE DE LAURAC

THE GÎTE DE LAURAC

LA GUINGUETTE DU CAMPING LE MERCIER

THE GUINGUETTE AT CAMPING LE MERCIER

MOULIN DU MARES

MARES MILL

O’CONNOR

O'CONNOR

L’OASIS DU LAURAGAIS

OASIS OF LAURAGAIS

MONT-RELAIS-GAILLARD LA TAVERNE

MONT-RELAIS-GAILLARD THE TAVERN

LA TERRASSE

THE TERRACE

PIZZA MAMITA

MAMITA PIZZA

A FLEURS DE PATES

A FLOWER OF PASTA

BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET

BRASSERIE LE CLUB 15

BREWERY LE CLUB 15

TACOS TIME

TACOS TIME

INSTITUT BLEU TURQUOISE

TURQUOISE BLUE INSTITUTE

LAC DE L’ORME BLANC

WHITE ELM LAKE

PISCINE MUNICIPALE VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS

VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS MUNICIPAL POOL

PERRINE SYVESTRE

PERRINE SYVESTRE

CARS & PATELINS

CARS & PATELINS

LOCABOAT HOLIDAYS

LOCABOAT HOLIDAYS

NAVICANAL

SHIPPING

LESIK’S SNAILS

LESIK'S SNAILS

LAC DE VALLEGUE

LAKE VALLEGUE