Usclas d’Hérault

 

Little is known about the origins of the village of Usclas. It could be that it emerged and survived on traffic going through an ancient road which connected Saint Thibery and the Domitienne to Lodève and the Massif Central.

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The tower of Usclas d’Hérault
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In the middle of the 12th century the monks of Saint Guilhem le Désert, which were a force to contend with in the sector, had the use of a part of the river’s resources. The village church depended, for its part, on the Bishops of Béziers. It had been fortified in the centuries before the Middle Ages according to a well-attested quadrangular plan for other villages in the Hérault area.

This device was typical of the defensive strategy of dwelling places in the 14th and 15th centuries which was the opposite of the circular plan of the villages, previously built around the tower of a seigneury.

It is an example of the diversity and wealth of medieval urbanization. Usclas d’Hérault, that watched the river go by because it was situated on its right bank, knew how to protect itself from flooding by constructing a dyke. The river gave it the fertile plains which encouraged the growing of grapes and diversification of irrigated crop cultivation, thanks to the Bas Rhone canal system.

To see

  • The fortified wall
  • The tower
  • The church and the square
  • The dyke

At the edge of the Hérault river, the village offers its banks to fishing enthusiasts.

Pictures

The fountain of Usclas d'Hérault - JPEG - 190.2 kb
The fountain of Usclas d’Hérault

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The square of Usclas d'Hérault - JPEG - 116.7 kb
The square of Usclas d’Hérault

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The dike of Usclas d'Hérault - JPEG - 116.8 kb
The dike of Usclas d’Hérault

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The tower of Usclas d'Hérault - JPEG - 140.8 kb
The tower of Usclas d’Hérault

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