The medieval town planning is embellished by the small cobbled streets which wind along the hill and which pass through fortified gates at the entrances to the city. Cordes was born from the ambition of the Counts of Toulouse who had a military objective when it was built. Like its neighboring villages, Puycelci and Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Cordes sur Ciel has a fortified enclosure, but which has never known a siege.
The Tarn village conceals many buildings with sculpted facades. Cordes is nicknamed "Cité au 100 ogives" for its high concentration of Gothic civil buildings, such as the Grand Ecuyer's house or the Fompeyrouse house. The largest of these residences is the unmissable Maison du Grand Veneur. A large house with a strong medieval character, right in the center of Cordes, 700 years old and 4 floors high, which has been listed as a Historic Monument of France for 100 years now.
In the same idea the house of the Grand Fauconnier, also has a sculpted facade but now houses a museum of modern and contemporary art. The Prunet house, for its part, houses the museum "The arts of sugar and chocolate", founded by the chocolate maker and best worker in France Yves Thuriès. This museum allows you to discover structural and food works on different themes: Middle Ages, nature, tales and legends...
If you are particularly sensitive to history and culture, the Charles Portal Museum will provide you with answers and discoveries. It stores many medieval objects and also deals with the weaver past of Cordes. It is located in the only medieval military building in Cordes, which you can visit.