The inhabitants of the village of La Ville-aux-Clercs in the Loir et Cher department are known as the villauclergeoises – ask your EasyToBook.com hotel clerk to pronounce it for you if you’d like to learn. Fewer than 1,500 people live here, though the village used to be a lot busier due to its location on the main road between Bordeaux and Spain. The town was once part of a pilgrimage route, and a small chapel can be found at the Gratt-Loup border that was once an important stop and resting point for the pilgrims.
The main church in town is an interesting attraction. It has a unique bell tower that starts off in a square shape but then transforms to an octagonal form at about 20 meters high. An intricate design of arches and angles tops the belfry, and the oldest of the four bells was created in 1580. Just outside of town you can find the ruins of an 11th – 12th century feudal castle. Although it was purchased in 1878, no renovations were completed. Only the grand gate still remains completely intact.