Tour Saint-Michel, French Heritage monument to Tarascon sur ariege

Historical context

the Viscount of Castelbon

Under this designation, one included/understood a stronghold of Catalonia, locates in the diocese of Urgel, downstream from this city, on the slope of the central Pyrenees, between Segre & Noguera-Paillaresa. Until the beginning of the thirteenth century, the country was control surface by lords raising in right of kings d' Aragon & independent in fact.

The history of this seigniory would not be likely to stop us a long time if, in 1202, an event whose consequence was to link, during nearly three centuries had not occurred & half, the destinies of the stronghold has those of the house of Foix. At that time, Ermessinde, girl of Arnaud, Viscount of Castelbon, married, has Tarascon-on-Ari?ge, Roger-Bernard, wire of Raymond-Roger, count de Foix; the son-in-law, in 1226, succeeded has his father-in-law, died without male posterity. By this acquisition, the counts de Foix gave career has their ambition; not being able to extend from the dimension of Languedoc, they tried to take foot in Catalonia. All in, the succession was not profit; the new lords were oblige to support the fight which their predecessors had engaged with the episcopal mitre of Urgel, in particular about the valley of Andorra.

In 1315 Gaston I died, count de Foix, wire of Roger-Bernard III, who, in consequence of the heritage of the house of Moncade, had of the chief of his wife, in France, obtained Bearn &, in Catalonia, the seigniories of Moncade & Castelvieil. He left two wire: Gaston II, has who it yielded the goods locate on the French slope of the Pyrenees, & Roger-Bernard whom it instituted Viscount of Castelbon with all the grounds of Catalonia.

Source: Review of the Pyrenees and France Southerner 1889.

Geographical context

Tarascon-on-Ari?ge, 1425 inhabitants (Tarasconnais) old, industrial and commercial city, in amphitheatre on Ari?ge, downstream from the confluence of Oriege or Orlu and Ari?ge. Feudal doors of the XIV E XV E century; marble and stone bridge; on the avenue of the bridge, fountain whose column carries the statue of Samaritaine; bell-tower of the XV E century, an old church.

St-Pierre churches and co.-Quitterie; on the territory, oratorical St-Roch; on the hill of Castela, remainders and turn of the castle of Tarascon the Old man; many forging mills with the surroundings; cave has stalactites.

Source: Guide national and catholic of the traveller in France 1900-1901.

Tour Saint-Michel
Crédit photo : (Tour Saint-Michel, tarascon sur ariege)

Heritage listed, historical monument, or having been under investigation

Structural information

Tour Saint-Michel, « Tour Saint-Michel » is a construction of the city of Tarascon sur ariege (France, Ariege). Tour Saint-Michel, French Heritage monument to Tarascon sur ariege tarascon sur ariege, ariege

Location and general information

  • identifier : 8809
  • item : Tour Saint-Michel
  • Location of the building :
    • Midi-Pyrénées
    • Ariège
    • Tarascon-sur-Ariège
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 9306
  • Zip code of the municipality : 09400
  • Order in the communal list : 6
  • Name of the building : The building is designated by the following 2 names :
    • strong
    • fortified building
  • State :
    • the current state of the monument is not known.

Dates and times

  • Period of construction :
    • The building dates mainly from the period : 14th century
  • Date of protection : 1938/12/21 : classé MH
  • Date taken into account : 1993/08/30

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials:
    • We do not have this information.
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • This element of the building is the subject of protection : turn
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : owned by the 1992 municipality
  • Details : Tour Saint-Michel : classement par arrêté du 21 décembre 1938
  • Mérimée reference : PA00093928

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