La guarde Guerin one of the most beautiful villages of France
La “guarde Guerin” one of the most beautiful villages of France
During my stay in the Cevennes National Park, I went to visit the medieval village “La garde Guerin” which is one of the most beautiful villages of France, in the late afternoon. The colors of the sun on these old stones that constitute this magnificent village enchanted my visit.
In an atmosphere worthy of some landscapes of Scotland, La Garde-Guerin dominates, from the top of its plateau, the impressive canyon of Chassezac. The small fortified city of La Garde-Guérin, formerly a domain of knights who guarded and guided travelers on the way Régordane, is nowadays listed on the list of the most beautiful villages in France.
Linking the coasts of Languedoc to the Massif Central, the village was attacked several times. It has preserved its watchtower as well as its habitat and its stone lanes. Although the plots were built in the 12th century, the houses were rebuilt in the late 16th century due to destruction in 1361 by the trucking companies and in 1568 by the Protestants during the religious wars. The hamlet has preserved its ramparts and two buildings classified historical monuments are the Romanesque church of St-Michel of the thirteenth century and the tower patron of the bishop of a height of 21,50 m.
A superb and particularly authentic destination, with its picturesque narrow cobbled streets, stunningly restored old stone houses, imposing medieval keep, and its charming little Romanesque church with bell tower.
I was able to climb into the Guerin Guard Tower built at the northeast corner of the village at the highest point where it dominates the rocky plateau on which it stands at 18 meters in height. At the top of the tower you have a splendid view on the roofs of the hamlet and the gorges of Chassezac. However the climb can be dangerous for children or people a little fragile. Moreover the last passage for the terrace is very narrow…
Out of season, the village is practically ghost, most of the houses were closed which gave a magical atmosphere to this place. The walk of the village takes on average an hour and the ascent of the tower of the castle is allowed without guide but some passages can be a little difficult. If you are in the area or even a short detour it is worth it.