Welcome to Siorez, a French city located in the north of the region "Midi-Pyrénées", on a tributary river of the Dordogne ; L'Ouysse.
A Roman town was built in 128 AD but the city was destroyed during the Barbarian invasions.
In the 7th century, a village called Siorez is built on the other side of the river, other villages also grew up there. The area is occupied by England during Hundred Years War but in 1375 France recover the region.
The northern part of the river belongs to a more or less independent fief where an extension of Siorez called Les-Deux-Monts was growing up. The southern part, where Siorez is, belongs to the King. In 1607, the whole area is attached to Royal Domain, at this time, the city became bigger and bigger and marshes are drained. In 1801, the construction of a new district, "Siorez-La-Neuve" was started. Coal was discovered around 1880, a new channel was dug and and industry developed, but the small amount of coal discovered exhausted quickly. During World War II, the city is damaged by German army during its retreat.
Now, Siorez is one of the most important city in Midi-Pyrénées, tourism and business grows thanks to a large population but also the highway, the canal and the big railway station.
-Siorez-La-Vieille, oldest part of the city :
Here, you can see on the left, from top to bottom, the castle of Siorez, the port, the hospital. On the right : The highway "A20" with the exit. At the center : the medieval town.
The highest hill on the left with the cathedral built during the 14th century, on the right the smallest hill with the old town hall. Between two hills, there is a bridge which was crossing a small river and a marsh (indeed, the region was a marshland).
-Siorez-La-Neuve, the new center of the city :
This district was built during the 19th century at the place of the old Roman town to accommodate a growing population.
With a new square:
Business, port and industrial district:
-Siorez-Sud, a small village attached to Siorez in 1850 :
More pictures :
On the left, a modern bridge crosses "L'Ouysse" and the remaining swamp.
On the left : a holiday village, on the right : commercial area
Gate of Siorez
Until 1959, this railway station was the biggest in Siorez, but too far from the city, so in 1959, a new big station was built in the industrial area next the center of the city.
We can see 2 forts built by Vauban, the port at the bottom, and on the left, the cemetery of Siorez.
Residential district for wealthy people:
This city grew up during the 19th century thanks to coal, it became a great industrial city.
Old town and marina:
Industrial area :
Camping of Abias:
Natural Regional Park of Ouysse winding with its villages
This old castle was English during Hundred Years War and was conquered by France in 1375.
The map :
For the story, I've started to build this city for the bootleg city contest but it was only the beginning when the contest ended, so i didn't posted the embryo of the city. But I continued to build it and now make a CJ. The right part of the map is finished, the left one remains to build.
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Southwestern city of France