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Excursions of Arize

At the Beginning of Daumazan-sur-Arize

Type:
family
Duration:
02h30 in loop
Fall:
no
Route of :
hillocks
Difficulties:
no (close the fences)
VTT:
no accessible
Equestrian:
no accessible
Beaconing:
Rich and varied route which combines paths of peak with the splendid panoramas, and shaded passages at the edge of Arize. Topic: Fauna, flora, agriculture….
THE CHART AND THE DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ROUTE
Cartographic reference: Chart IGN 2046
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Departure:

Carpark behind the church of Daumazan
Just after the bridge on Arize, take on the left the small asphalt road along the river on 250m. Pass a small bridge and take on the right a dirt track pave at the beginning, which will curve while going up in the hillocks ones during 2,5 km to the village of CASTEX.

Leave the church on the line and take the asphalt road during 500m. In a turn, leave the road, cross an iron gate and follow the path of peak (beaconing yellow, orange and blue) which will plunge gradually towards the village of Baracca.

While returning on DAUMAZAN, leave the hamlet on the line, and skirt Arize while benefitting the summer from the shaded passages at the edge of the river.

 

TO DISCOVER IN WAY - cultural and natural Inheritance

If the bell-tower of Daumazan, which attracts all the glances is later, the base of the church itself is 12th century, as the sculptures of the absidioles and the tripartite bedside attest it. A decorative element lets predict of an older origin: one finds in the wall external of the southern absidiole a low relief representing the martyr of Saint-Saturnin. The Saint is represented with knees, a cord around the neck, is trailed by a bull. This coarse sculpture, with how much moving, could be former several centuries to the construction of the Romance church and attest presence of an old Christian community with Daumazan. Finally inside is a engraved plate commemorating the catch of Jerusalem by the cross ones in 1099.

 

At the Beginning of Mas d'Azil

Type:
family
Duration:
01h45 in loop
Fall:
190m
Route of :
hillocks
Difficulties:
no (close the fences)
VTT:
no accessible
Equestrian:
no accessible
Beaconing:

Course borrowing a calcareous basin of erosion, offering a rich and varied flore*, to emerge on the quère (rock cliff) dominating the village of the MAS D'AZIL and the slopes announcing the Toulouse plain to north. In the south the wooded solid mass of Arize with in background cuts out, the proud chain of the Pyrenees at the covered with snow tops, most of the year. In the east, the lake of fileit in its ECRIN of forests, refuge of the harts. Topic: Prehistory, fauna, flora

*: aromatic orchises, glaïeuls wild, plants, wild thyme, tym, lavender; trees and shrubs: Pubescent oak, holm oak, genévrier, boxwood etc…)

 

THE CHART AND THE DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ROUTE
Cartographic reference: Chart IGN blue series 2146E
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Copyright O.N.F. - FRANCE - All rights reserved

Departure:

Place Champ de Mars. - Alt 280m.
Go up the village in direction of the cave.

Front of the glass-blower, take on the left, direction the Cross-Lake of Filheit. Point of view cascades “entered northern of the cave of the Mas d'Azil.

Leave the road and to engage in the path, on the left direction the cross.

The Cross - Alt 470m

Lake point of view of Filheit, borrow the steps for the descent.

Arrival with the road, take on the left (on the right Lake Filheit).

In Caoué, leave the road, follow the path on the left. Return in the village.
 

TO DISCOVER IN WAY - cultural and natural Inheritance

If the MAS D'AZIL is primarily known for its cave and its invaluable prehistoric inheritance, this small village had also its hour of glory for the period of the Reform. Become a protesting stronghold, the MAS D'AZIL perhaps received the visit of Calvin and have a very particular radiation in the area. But in 1625, the marshal of Thémines was sent to the head of 15000 men to put an end to this religious resistance in the middle of the county of Foix. After having taken Carla, fatherland of Pierre Bayle, the marshal came to put the seat in front of the Farmhouse. Seeing frail defenses of the village, it promised even with its officers to dine the evening even in the place! The error of judgment was severe, since in spite of a powerful artillery and several attacks, the army of the King could not come to end from 2000 Aziliens. The regiment of the dragons of Toulouse was even launched to the attack of the cave, without success… After five weeks of seat, Thémine had to leave and to be withdrawn. Seul Richelieu succeeds in making fold the village and depriving it of its ramparts, but also dismantling the fortifications of the cave while making jump to the powder a whole stage of the cavity! Today, the MAS D'AZIL found its calms and offers to you an extraordinary quality of life.

 

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