The site of Vieil Ecotay is one of the most picturesque places in the Forez area. Built on a rocky outcrop, the keep next to the Romanesque church is the last remaining evidence of the Lordship of Ecotay, one of the most important of the medieval period.Below, bordering the two rivers, the village with its stone houses and terraced gardens has retained a rare authenticity. On a steep site, at the confluence of two rivers, the Cotayet and the Chavaran, the remains of the Ecotay keep (10th-11th centuries) stand above the village. Locally known as the King and Queen, these two sections of wall dominate the village.


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