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September 19th, 2010
Versols-et-Lapeyre 120292 12400
Aveyron Midi-Pyrénées
43.896 2.946 373 m

Montalègre castle, Versols-et-Lapeyre

One view.
Other view.

The castle of Montalègre of the 14th century, whose seigniory of Montalègre listed in 1268 depended initially on the nobility of Rodez.
This castle of feudal origin is built on a square level, reinforced of four solids towers in angles.
It is a historic building since 1978 and a private property.

VERSOLS-ET-LAPEYRE is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 353 inhabitants in 1999, distributed out of 28 km², that is to say 13 hab./km².

The village is at the bank of the Sorgues, affluent of Dourdou river, affluent of Tarn river.
Two villages, Versols and Lapeyre, quoted at the 10th century, compose the commune.

I could read according to the sources which the inhabitants of Versols-and Lapeyre are called Verpeyrais, or Lapeyrois.

One can see in the village cemetery the grave of Medora Leigh-Byron, 1814-1849, daughter of the great English poet Lord Byron, 1788-1824, who wrote in French: "L’univers est une espèce de livre dont on n’a lu que la première page quand on n’a vu que son pays. J’en ai feuilleté un assez grand nombre, que j’ai trouvées également mauvaises. Cet examen ne m’a point été infructueux. Je haïssais ma patrie. Toutes les impertinences des peuples divers parmi lesquels j’ai vécu m’ont réconcilié avec elle. Quand je n’aurais tiré d’autre bénéfice de mes voyages que celui-là, je n’en regretterais ni les frais ni les fatigues", in epigraph of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage poem.

My images of Versols-et-Lapeyre.
My images of the Sorgues valley.

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