Tourism in Segala, deep in the countryside, between the Aveyron gorges and the Viaur valley

Les Martinets du Lézert à La Bastide l'Evêque, La Bastide-l'Évêque

Les Martinets du Lézert à La Bastide l'Evêque, La Bastide-l'Évêque

In the heart of the Aveyron gorges and the Lezert valley lies a historical savoir-faire… During your visit of la Bastide l'Evêque, come and discover the copper foundries. Meet passionate people that brought back to life "martinaïres" !

The copper foundries of La Bastide l'Evêque existed in the 14th century and stopped working in the 19th century. The name "martinet" refers to the water powered hammer used in the foundry. Here, copper was beaten out into "coupes noires" (black cups) which were then sent to be finished elsewhere, including to coppersmiths in Villefranche. In these foundries, the copper was used to make tools for the coppersmiths.

Although it was forgotten for a long time, the Martinet association decided to bring back to life these martinets along with their incredible history and savoir-faire. This remarkable human adventure was led by passionate inhabitants that worked together for hours and hours to bring back the martinet. Nowadays, the sound of the foundries echoes again in the Lezert valley !

Open all year round for group visits by reservation, from 1st May to 30th June on Sundays and public holidays from 3-6pm and from 1st July to 30th September on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays and public holidays from 3-6pm.

Services :

Pets allowed, Guided tours, Free guided tour for groups, Educational tours

Equipments :

Projection room, Car park, Coach parking, Toilets, Picnic area, Access for the handicapped, Prestation - En partie à l'extérieur et en partie couverte, Barbecue

Address / Contacts :

Spoken language : FR , EN , OC

La Bastide-l'Évêque
D269 - Martinet de la Ramonde
12200 Le Bas-Ségala

Tel : 06 12 67 19 93
E-mail :
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Web :

Opening period(s) :

All year long

Indicative prices :

Single adult4 €
Single child2 €
Adult group3 €
Children’s group

Accepted payments : Cheque , Cash ,

Projet cofinancé par le Fonds Européen Agricole pour le Développement Rural
L'Europe investit dans les zones rurales