A COLORED CITY OF THE MIDDLE EARTH
The city is distinguished by its buildings constructed of purple stone. The wine-colored buildings constitute its architectural identity and the city and its surroundings have the qualifier of “purple country”. Called Montfort stone, but also poudingue, it was extracted in quarries near the city in the heart of the forest.
Don’t miss a walk in the city center and discover the alleys dating from the Middle Ages. The oldest street, rue de la Saulnerie, was dedicated to the trade of “gros et menu sel”. It still has some beautiful houses made of purple schist and preserves today the facades of the shops as they were in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some buildings even date back to the 16th century for the oldest.