Two histories are found in Villeneuve:
that of the sauveté built around its church in 1053 and that of the bastide developed by the Count of Toulouse, Raymond VII from 1231.
This is the reason for the town’s rather special architecture.
Intact mediaeval village
One enters Villeneuve through one of the four tower gateways, two of which have remained intact. Strolling through the narrow streets you will appreciate the typical bastide architecture and regular street plan. You will inevitably come to the central square, la place des Conques. This is where time stands still and one admires the Renaissance and middle age houses with their rib vaulted arcades. Perhaps you will be surprised by the architecture of Saint-Sépulcre church: in fact, in the 14th century, the apse of the Romanesque building was destroyed to build a far more luminous Gothic nave.
During your stay
Take part in the village’s mediaeval festival
Every last Sunday in July, Villeneuve lives out a day in mediaeval times with a superb close to the day with a fire show.
The pre-Romanesque church of Toulongergues
5 km from Villeneuve, the church of Toulongergues houses frescoes from the 11th century.
Not far away
Stroll through the small village of Peyrusse-le-Roc nestling in lush green countryside and climb the rocky peak leading to the ruins of Peyrusse and its superb viewpoint.