Documented in the Papal Bulls of Alexander III in and Innocent IV inits early status was apparently that of a country residence only later transformed into a fortified bastion.Nestling amid the vines, at the heart of the famous Armagnac region, this former residence of the Bishops of Condom , of which a 13th-century castle keep still remains, is a remarkable example of medieval architecture. The Pilgrim's Stop museum is a must-see for anyone who wants to experience everyday life in the Middle Ages. He built his own still and began distilling wines from his own and neighboring vineyards, selling his spirits in cask on the French market. At the approach to the fortified town, don't miss the medieval siege camp and its war machines. When the transformation began is uncertain, but it is believed to have been completed around under Arnaud Othon de Lomagne, Abbot of Condom until In that year, his successor, Auger d'Andiran, concluded an agreement of protection with King Edward I of England whereby the abbey would benefit from the latter's guardianship against rebellion or attack in exchange for equal rights in the sovereign rule over the village and its inhabitants. Documented in the Papal Bulls of Alexander III in and Innocent IV in , its early status was apparently that of a country residence only later transformed into a fortified bastion. Abandoned, it fell into a state of decline until it was seized by the state during the French Revolution.
Next to the castle keep, the fortified Romanesque church with two naves contains some attractive contemporary stained glass windows. The source of the name "Larressingle" is not precisely known, but various theories have been suggested.
Once visitors cross its little stone bridge and step through its fortified door, they are enchanted to discover a magnificently restored group of buildings.
Or finally, it may be related to "arre" and "retro" in the sense of defying or pushing back an offensive, and "sengles" or "singulo" signifying "all," the whole conveying the meaning of an impregnable defense. Armagnac Larressingle InHyppolyte Papelorey embarked on a small family venture in the production of Armagnac.
One of the prettiest bastide twons in the area.
Abandoned, it fell into a state of decline until it was seized by the state during the French Revolution. More probable are the roots "arres sengles, retro singulos," signifying an elevated point to which led a narrow access reachable "one by one," or in a "single file.
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Larressingle is located in Gers in the Midi Pyrenees region of France.