Saint- Laurent- de -Muret is a commune in southern France with 181 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2011 ) in the Lozere department in the northern part of the Languedoc -Roussillon region.
Saint- Laurent- de -Muret is situated above the river Piou in the southeastern foothills of the Massif Central at an altitude of about 1180 meters above sea level. inst about 48 km ( driving distance ) north-west of Mende or approximately 160 kilometers south of Clermont -Ferrand.
The mountainous surroundings of the town is dominated by extinct volcanoes - including the Pic de Mus ( 1324 m), the Truc de Muret (1244 m ) and the tour Nelle ( 1208 m). There are also two older mesas whose tips were ground in the course of the last ice age: the Montagne de Rabios with their highest peak, the Moure de Legue ( 1353 m) and the PLO you Faltre ( 1380 m). In places, occurs under enigmatic granite rock to light, with which the earlier houses in the area were built. On the mountain slopes arise from several smaller mountain streams and rivers, all of which open into the Colagne and this in the Lot and last into the Garonne.
In the 19th century the place was usually between 600 and 700 inhabitants. As a consequence of the loss of jobs due to the mechanization of agriculture, the population declined steadily since then back to the current lows.
In the region, agriculture has for centuries operated primarily for self catering. Today - in addition to the largely operated in the form of suckler breeding of Aubrac cattle - the tourism in the form of apartment rentals ( gîtes ) a not unimportant role in the economic life of the community.
- The scenic surroundings of the place is ideal for hiking, under which the peaks of the surrounding mountains can be climbed. The summit of the Pic de Mus, today stands on the statue of Virgin Mary ( Notre -Dame-de -la -Montagne ), is an ancient - perhaps derived from pagan times - pilgrimage.
- The parish church of the village is a building from the 19th century with a mixture of styles from neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic elements.
Old bridge over the leaf
Granite block on top of the Moure de Legue
Stone slab bridge over the Piou near the hamlet of Le Mas de Muret