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

  • Picnic area.

Services

  • Playground

To discover nearby

LAC DU VAL DE SAUNE

LAKE OF VAL DE SAUNE

LE PETIT ESQUILAT

THE LITTLE ESQUILATE

LAC DE LA THESAUQUE

LAKE THESAUQUE

GÎTES DES CAMPARROS : LE MOULIN

GÎTES DES CAMPARROS: THE MILL

LAC DE VALLEGUE

LAKE VALLEGUE

AUX PORTES DE …

AT THE GATES OF ...

VIGNES

VINES

DOMAINE EN CASTANET

DOMAIN IN CASTANET

PIMELO

PIMELO

LES RIVES DU MEKONG

THE BANKS OF THE MEKONG

AUBERGE DE LOUBENS

LOUBENS HOSTEL

LA FERME DE CHAMPREUX

THE FARM OF CHAMPREUX

DI MOSCA PIZZA

DI MOSCA PIZZA

LE CO’SIE

THE CO'SIE

LES JARDINS D’ENZO

THE GARDENS OF ENZO

L’OASIS DU LAURAGAIS

OASIS OF LAURAGAIS

AUBERGE TERRE DES VENTS

LAND OF THE VENTS HOSTEL

O PRÉ

O PRE

PERRINE SYVESTRE

PERRINE SYVESTRE

CUIST’HOME

KITCHEN HOME

CAPITAINERIE DE PORT LAURAGAIS

CAPTAINERIE OF PORT LAURAGAIS

PISCINE MUNICIPALE VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS

VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS MUNICIPAL POOL

LAC DE L’ORME BLANC

WHITE ELM LAKE

LAC DU VAL DE SAUNE

LAKE OF VAL DE SAUNE

LA MINOTERIE

THE FLOUR MILL

LE COLIBRI HERBORISTE

THE HERBALIST Hummingbird

ATALAYA CANOE

ATALAYA CANOE