The Knights Templar castle in Maulmont was one of the Order’s strongholds in Auvergne (a region in south central France). There are presently no medieval structures left from this castle and the site features a modern château-style hotel (photo on the left).
There is an interesting local legend connected to this castle. When the Order of the Knights Templar was dissolved by Pope Clement V in 1312 many of its members were hunted down, executed or exiled. Château de Maulmont was abandoned, but one Templar managed to remain in the castle. It was there that he lived out his days in secrecy. Only at night the solitary chevalier used to come out to pray in front of the cross that was installed on the edge of the woods surrounding the castle.
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