A little history of Trôo
recent Le Parisien article
featuring the Cave Yuccas (PDF)
Excerpted from the "Small Guide to Visitors
of the Exhibition Cave" by The association
"Les Amis de Trôo".
The origins of the ancient township of Trôo
are lost in antiquity, but traces of its
importance as a medieval "city" can be seen
today by visiting the heights of the village,
where remains are visible -- remains of a
double surrounding fortified wall, dominated
by a feudal mound and a splendid roman
The hillside, now covered with greenery,
reaches a height of 129 meters and was carved
from rock in various layers, in which caves
were dug to form many picturesque habitations
in bygone days.
Now there is a laze of little lanes and
paths, plus ancient dwellings, arranged in
tiers, rather like a wedding cake, all of
which blend harmoniously into the landscape
overlooking the valley below.
In this valley, in the midst of meadows, the
river Loir, fringed by poplars, drifts gently
on its way. On the opposite bank, there is the
tiny church of Sanit-Jacques-des-Guérets, once
a haven for ancient pilgrims on "la route de
la Compostelle" and which today is famous for
its 10th century frescoes.
What is generally realized is that Trôo was
once almost an English town, when it passed
through the merciless wars between
Philippe-Auguste and Richard the Lionhearted,
towards the end of the XIIth century. It was
before that, in fact, in the XIth century,
when the "troglodyte" subterranean network and
surrounding fortified walls formed the
formidable defense systems, when Geoffrey
Martel faced Gervais, bishop of Le Mans, also
Foulques Le Jeune, count of Anjou and English
king Henri I.
It was during the XIth and XIIth centuries
that Trôo, the high fortified town, achieved
its period of relative prosperity. hard to
believe, but in those days, Trôo had around
4500 inhabitants, mostly cave-dwellers.
Today, Trôo's modern population only numbers
a few hundred, but the historic, cultural and
archeological links are still evident to the
thousands of visitors who pass through its
lanes every year.
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