Also called the “City of seven towers,” Martel at the time enjoyed a strategic position because located at the intersection of a former axis from Paris to Toulouse and the East / West axis, where the transiting trade from the Gironde and the Atlantic.
The city of Martel is sitting on the plateau of the same name. Economic and religious interest soon made it a coveted place by the time the higher authorities in those of the Viscounts of Turenne, who will soon be a reputable trade, and a must pilgrimage of Rocamadour. Due to the constructions of its walls, Martel is resistant to the assaults of the Hundred Years War. Its economic power helps Martel recovering from its injuries recorded during the same war.
In the 15th century, Martel becomes undeniable legal place nationally, since it hosts the officers who are the royal seneschalsy. In this new bourgeois population follows the construction of houses with masterful architecture and the Saint-Maur church in the city.
These are events that until 1738, Martel is the most populated city of the Vicomte de Turenne. Following the sale of Martel to the crown, the city loses power.
It loses all the benefits that were granted by Viscounts before. Martel is now facing competition from neighboring towns and shortness of pilgrimage Rocamadour. In the 19th century, agriculture and especially the truffles will give new impetus to the city.
You can admire the beautiful square and its market of 1800, the Saint Maur church, the masterful Raymondie Palace, which now houses the Tourist Office and the Mairie of Martel, and many other architectural details that make the richness of the city.
The steam train :
An ancient path cliffside railroad back in service, which offers a journey and extraordinary panoramas.
One of the biggest collection of reptiles in France…
The walnut mill : :Discover the mill working in front of you.
The Truffles Farm (Cuzances) :
Discover the world of truffle with demonstration.