Breffroi de Millau
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The tower was probably built during the 12th century by the king Alphonse II of Arago. It was a way for him to show his power on a territory he just acquired. 
During the 13th century, as the Capetians are trying to extend their influence in the South of the Kingdom, the families of Toulouse and Aragon, rivals until then, unite. The tower built during an offensive campaign against the count of Toulouse loses its strategic interest. 
In 1258, by the treaty of Corbeil, Millau is given to the King of France, and the tower to the Bertrand family, who represents the King in the town. The tower remains a symbol of power, the one of Philip le Bel, and its will to impose his sovereignty…
After the ruin of the Bertrand family a few years later, the town ends up in the hands of a family of the urban elite of Millau, the de Voncs, embodying their pride and honor. But the plague weeps out the new owners, and the town is bought by Guilhem Pellegri, who transforms the tower into a residential house around the 14th century. 
In 1613, the consuls of the town buy the tower, who becomes the base of the beffroi of the town. After the peace of Alès in 1629, the duke of Rohan ask for the demolition of the castle, following the dismantlement of the Protestant holdouts. 

(more information can be found in this website)

Breffroi de Millau

@credits

The tower was probably built during the 12th century by the king Alphonse II of Arago. It was a way for him to show his power on a territory he just acquired.

During the 13th century, as the Capetians are trying to extend their influence in the South of the Kingdom, the families of Toulouse and Aragon, rivals until then, unite. The tower built during an offensive campaign against the count of Toulouse loses its strategic interest.

In 1258, by the treaty of Corbeil, Millau is given to the King of France, and the tower to the Bertrand family, who represents the King in the town. The tower remains a symbol of power, the one of Philip le Bel, and its will to impose his sovereignty…

After the ruin of the Bertrand family a few years later, the town ends up in the hands of a family of the urban elite of Millau, the de Voncs, embodying their pride and honor. But the plague weeps out the new owners, and the town is bought by Guilhem Pellegri, who transforms the tower into a residential house around the 14th century.

In 1613, the consuls of the town buy the tower, who becomes the base of the beffroi of the town. After the peace of Alès in 1629, the duke of Rohan ask for the demolition of the castle, following the dismantlement of the Protestant holdouts.

(more information can be found in this website)

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