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November 3, 2008
Saint-Laurent-le-Minier 300280 30440
Gard Languedoc-Roussillon
43.933 0.767 180 m

The castle, XVIIe XVIIIe centuries. Registered with the historic buildings, private property.

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It was built from 1664 to 1690. Its two houses covered in Mansard, frame the principal building. A terrace leads to a garden " la franaise", with palm plantation. A still visible aqueduct, brought the water of the Vis river to the castle and garden. The Vis river skirts the castle, whose frontage is turned towards a cascade, in a classified site.

Saint-Laurent-le-Minier is a french commune, located in the department of the Gard of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 362 laureniers in 1999, divided out of 13 km, that is to say 27 hab./km.

The village located at the feet of the solid mass of Aigoual and Causse of Blandas, is crossed by the Vis river and its affluents, Crenze, Braun, Naduel, Maudesse, which explains the presence of nine bridges, including one Bridge of XVe XVIe centuries on Vis river.

After having lived of agriculture, Saint-Laurent-le-Minier had lived for several decades, up to one very recent time of the mining extraction of the mine of the Malines, where the sphalerite and crystal were extracted to draw zinc and lead from it. The exploitation of metals started as of the Bronze ge.
The mine closed in 1994, after a production of 1.000.000 of tons of metals of which zinc and lead, but also 250 tons of silver. Remarkable baryta crystals there are found.

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