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Published: February 2nd 2009
Church in Tarabel
The belltower is typical for this region of France as well as the all brick construction, it matches the nearby castle and is essentially attached to it.
We drove out with grandpa and grandma on one of our only two excursions by car on the trip. Papy cannot drive well anymore so I ended up doing most of it at the wheel of his low mileage but beat up Citroen Xantia. Tarabel is not that far, maybe 15 miles east of downtown Toulouse, but despite recent growth, it still is in the countryside, the equivalent of Sunbury to Columbus.
Growing up in Texas Axel and I used to fly out here every summer to visit the grandparents for a month and spend time with mom's aunts, uncles and cousins whiling the summer away in papy and mamy's house in the countryside village of Tarabel. We grew up out here and had a lot of fond memories, it was great to come back with papy and mamy and take some photos and also to be able to show it to Jennifer, I wish she had come down with me the last time I visited.
We visited their old house which they sold a few years back, it was sad to see as they always used to talk about how they wanted to pass it on
Chateau de Tarable Dependences
The castle's quarters, this is the second castle in the village, much more recent 18th or 19th century building.
to us. Grandpa put so much work into this house, it looks nothing like when they had purchased it in 1980.
Principally an agricultural village with no more than 100 inhabitants in the old center but growing on the outskirts of the commune with new housing developments. The commune has the distinction of having two castles in the immediate area, the one located in center of the village is remarkable for its moat and all brick construction. It dates from the 15th century thanks to the Pastel trade in the Lauragais. Pastel was used as a blue dye at the time and was much sought after throughout Europe in the 15th and 16th century.
The church is from the 19th century while the main bell is from 1559. The first mention of Tarabel as a lordship in the local registers was in the 14th century, although there are references to Tarabel in the logs of Albigensian Crusades against the Cathars including Cathar perfects and bishops from Tarabel being burned at the stake in Montsegur.
We snuck into the grounds of the Chateau de Tarabel and also what I believe is the Chateau de Bugnac
New Chateau de Tarabel
The newer castle. We snuck onto the grounds, something we had never had the guts to do when we were younger.
which we always referred to as the "new" chateau growing up. From my research, Bugnac was a commune that was absorbed into Tarabel and so I think it makes sense that this castle would be Bugnac as I have seen it referenced as being within the commune elsewhere.
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