Photographer's Note

September 18th, 2009
La Couvertoirade 120082 12230
Aveyron Midi-Pyrenees
43.917 3.317 785 m

The Rédounel windmill, la Couvertoirade.

One sight.
Other sight. September 23th, 2009

This windmill of the beginning of the 17th century, was restored from 2006 to 2009 by association "Les Amis de la Couvertoirade".

Situated on a hill of Causse of Larzac, it dominates the medieval village of la Couvertoirade built at the 12th century by the Knights of the order of the Temple, and its fortified enclosure built at the 15th century by the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. They practised culture and breeding there, providing provisioning for the war.

Knights of the Order of the Temple, Knights Templar.
In 1119, Hugues de Payns, knight originating in Champagne, melt a militia, "The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon", which will become the "Knights of the Order of the Temple". Monks, knights, monks and soldiers, Templiers will defend Jerusalem, and the pilgrims going on the tomb of Christ.
In 1291, following the fall Saint-Jean-d'Acre, the Knights Templar are folded up in Cyprus, then in Rhodos.
In 1312, the order is dissolved, and after a lawsuit, the large Master Jacques de Molay and other Knights templar are sharp flarings on roughing-hew it.

Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem
Before the first crusade, a hospital is founded in Jerusalem close of the Holy Sepulchre for the Western pilgrims, other Hospitals are create in the wearing of loading Italian and Provencaux. In 1113, the Hospital of Midsummer's Day of Jerusalem is recognized like an independent hospital order.
In 1140, the Order of the Hospital becomes in military order, with néanmmoins vocation of charity and defenders of Christendom.
In 1312, the goods of Templiers, after their dissolution, are allotted to the Hospital ones.
In 1522, Turkish takes Rhodos.
In 1530, the emperor Charles Quint allots Malta to the Hospital ones. They since are called Sovereign Military Order of Malta or Knights of Malta .

La Couvertoirade is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 153 Couvertoiradois, distributed on 62 km², that is to say 2 hab/km².

The Couvertoirade is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

My images of la Couvertoirade.

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