Lower Segala

Les Martinets du Lézert à La Bastide l'Evêque

In the heart of the Gorges de l'Aveyron, at La Bastide l'Evêque, discover the Copper Forges of the XNUMXth-XNUMXth centuries. Meet enthusiasts who are reviving the profession of "martinaire". Guided tour and demonstration of copper striking.

An unusual visit : the Martinets du Lézert, a unique heritage to discover in the heart of Ségala, at La Bastide l'Evêque. Come and meet passionate volunteers who will share with you the fabulous adventure of this place.

A unique story : in the 13th-14th centuries, at the founding of the episcopal bastide, a copper metallurgy activity developed on the Lézert stream. There are thirteen swifts that operated until the 19th century. In these forges, copper was hammered to make the blanks for cauldrons, pots and other tools intended for boilermakers.

An incredible human adventure : long forgotten, it is thanks to the passion of a few inhabitants that the Ramonde swift will come back to life. After thousands of hours of reconstruction work, the sound of the hammer once again echoes through the valley.

A remarkable reconstruction : the restoration of the martinets illustrates the know-how of the martinaires in copper metallurgy.

We speak: French, English, Occitan


  • Mill
  • History
  • Popular arts and traditions

Location details

  • Near a GR
  • On the outskirts of the village



Suitable for: Adults, Children, General public, Schoolchildren

Language(s) of the visit

French, Occitan


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024
reception of groups by reservation (from 10 pers.)
Opening hours from May 01 to June 30, 2024
SundayOpen from 15 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Opening hours from July 01 to August 31, 2024
WednesdayOpen from 15 a.m. to 18 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 15 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SundayOpen from 15 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Opening hours from September 01 to September 30, 2024
ThursdayOpen from 15 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SundayOpen from 15 a.m. to 18 p.m.


Individual adult
4 €-
Individual child
2 €-
Adult group
3 €-

(under 12)

Free – Ambassadors of Aveyron

Children’s group – School group
(free for educational purposes)

Payment methods

  • Cheque
  • Cash



  • Screening Room
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
  • Toilets
  • Picnic area.
  • Accessible to disabled people
  • Service – Partly outdoors and partly covered
  • BBQ


  • Pet Friendly
  • Guided tours
  • Guided group tours
  • Educational visits


La Bastide-l'Évêque
D269 – Martinet de la Ramonde
12200 Lower Segala
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