Cinq-Mars-la-Pile is a pretty, small town in the Touraine. It stands on the north bank of the Loire and is just to the west of Tours.
The town’s name comes from the thirty metre Roman brick tower that stands on the hillside. This tower is the highest funeral stack in old Gaul and dates back to the late second or early third century. It is thought to be a monument to a funeral pyre, or pile, of an important figure of that era.
Here are old images of both the pile and Cinq Mars’ old château, c.1940s.
Large-scale subterranean mushroom growing also took place in the town.
The above image comes from a collection of excellent old photographs of troglodyte mushroom growing in Cinq Mars and elsewhere in the Loire Valley just click here to visit.