Lauzerte is one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” a title awarded to villages for their heritage, architecture and local environment. The upper-part of the village is a typical example of fine medieval architecture. The houses are arranged around the church of Saint Barthélemy and the square - the Place des Cornières is reputedly one of the finest in the region. The ramparts date back to times when the village was alternately seized by the English and the French during the Hundred Years War.
The name, lauzerte, dates back to about 1000 AD; being derived from the Latin word for lamp - lucerna, presumably as it is (like a lamp) visible from quite a distance. Lauzerte is also a halting place on the pilgrimage route to Compostela, pilgrims are regularly seen either in or around the village.
Many seasonal fruits are grown locally and so Lauzerte it looks out look out over a mouth-watering landscape, with pathways meandering between limestone plateaus and gentle valleys. As the seasons unfold, the latter take on the colours of the fruit trees, sunflowers, cereals, melons,vines, and lavender.
In common with the whole of the region the landscape is punctuated by charming limestone buildings including, pigeonniers, mills, chapels, farms, floral cottages and even grand-houses all nestling in the rolling hills, farm-land and woods.
In the town you will find a selection of bars and restaurants, a bank, shops, post office. There is a regular Saturday market (in the square at the top of the village). During the summer there are open air evening markets and events in this same square. There is an Art Gallery and regular artistic events take place in the village.
A popular event is the annual flower fair and then at the start of August the 'Nuits de Lauzerte' a night-time spectacular when the town is lit by imaginative illuminations and the small streets filled with street-art.
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Photo credits, B. Tauran (unless otherwise stated)