randonnée Lauzerte

NEAR MOISSAC

Less than half an hour from Moissac, history abounds ! Discover our heritage nuggets

La halle aux grains d'Auvillar - Jour de marché à Lauzerte

The Museum Lamothe-Cadillac : Saint-Nicolas de la Grave

9km from Moissac, accessible by bike (cycle track)

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Birth place of Antoine Laumet de Lamothe-Cadillac, this museum tells the life of this Gascon adventurer after whom the Cadillac car is named. You will also be able to admire the reconstitution of an 18th century interior, for more info, click here.

Belleperche, a Cistercian Abbey - Museum of Culinary Arts

10 km from Moissac.

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Established in 1143 and rebuilt on massive solid 13th century supporting walls, on the banks of the river Garonne, this was one of the three wealthiest Cistercian Monasteries of the South of France. Once again rebuilt in the 18th century, you will discover this impressive building and its large collection of tableware.
Enjoy the generously set tables and its collection of dishes, plates, glassware, cutlery,   porcelain, earthenware, crystal, silver and other metals and see how the pleasures of the table prevailed through the centuries. 
On the first floor, in the vast gallery of the hostal, tea lovers will be amazed by the collection of Yiwing chinese stoneware teapots from the 16th century onwards: www.musee-arts-de-la-table.fr

Children booklets and entertainment available...

The medieval bastide of Lauzerte

Lauzerte is one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, Quercy side! (21km from Moissac on the route of the Santiago de Compostela) with its Pilgrim’s Garden

A stop on the route of Santiago de Compostela, a commercial, inhabited and rich city with medieval houses, Lauzerte is still today a fine example of a Castelnau of the South of France..

The upper city, a fine example of medieval architecture, is organised around the Church St Barthélémy and the outstanding main square, Place des Cornières. The city walls are a reminder of the role played by Lauzerte, alternately seized by the English and the French during the Hundred Years War.

The old houses of Gothic or Renaissance style are a reminder of a prosperous city attracting rich magistrates and traders.

For children of 8 years and older :

Enjoy a giant game of Snakes and Ladders (Jeu de l’oie in French) in the Pigrim’s Garden. 
Ask at the Tourist Office for a leaflet and dice to play.

The circular grain market of Auvillar

Auvillar is one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, Gascony Side (24km from Moissac)

Auvillar was a  trading centre until the 19th century with a busy port on the Garonne. Auvillar is famed for its fabrication of goose quills and its large production of china exported to the colonies
To access the old centre of Auvillar go through its elegant clock tower, built in the reign of Louis XIV, and you will find a charming Medieval triangular "square"  lined with semi circular arcades and 17th and 18th century houses. In the middle, stands the captivating circular grain market built in 1824, resting on stone Tuscan columns, a unique specimen in the region. Once a year a pottery market is held brightening the space with additional colors.

Montauban

29kms away accessible by the towpath…

Montauban, classified « Great Site of Midi-Pyrénées », abounds in beautiful architectectural and museum surprises. The Museum Ingres is located in the former 17th century episcopal palace and houses the works of art of two famous sons of Montauban, the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique INGRES and the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle.

The Natural History Museum « Victor Brun » opened its doors in 1854 above the Commercial Court. It houses one of the most remarkable bird collection in Europe judged by its wealth and state of preservation. The paleontology distinguishes itself by a series of phosphorite fossils from Quercy. In the mineralogy showcase are fragments of the famous meteorite Orgueil, which fell at Orgeuil, near Montauban in 1864

More information on www.montauban.com

Church of Lachapelle

30 km from Moissac

The church surprises the visitor by its baroque style interior. Built in 1776 By Maraignon named « Champaigne », a reknown cabinet maker from Lectoure and mandated by the two abbotts Goulard.
The interior architecture is decorated with wooden painted and gilded mouldings. Two floors of convex and concave balconies make the church look like a Venetian theatre.
Visits of 30 minutes showcase this recently restored jewel. Information  : 05 63 94 03 87

The Castle of Gramont

39 km from Moissac

Located on a ridge overlooking the valley of Arratz, between Agen and Auch, it is a good example of a Gascon Castle, built by the Montaut family beholden to the warlord Simon de Montfort at the begining of the 13th century. The square tower and the gate remain from this era. In the 16th century, the castle was extended in the Renaissance style with harmonious facade and a rich sculpted decor. In 1961, the castle was rescued and restored to its original glory. In the heart of the bastide country Gramont stands as a feudal entity  and a witness of the conflict between England and France during the Hundred Years War.  Find out more: http://gramont.monuments-nationaux.fr/fr/

Marie-Lou's favourite

Beaumont de Lomagne : birth place of the mathematician Pierre Fermat, 33 km from Moissac
We did not except to practice mathematics during our holidays in the South-West of France !

Born in Beaumont de Lomagne beginning of the 17th century, Pierre Fermat studied law in Orléans and Toulouse before becoming a Magistrate of the Toulouse Parliament. This genius, passionate about mathematics, exchanged with the greatest scholars of his time : Mersenne, Roberval, Pascal, Descartes, Galilée, Dygby, Gassendi, Huygens, Carcavi. He made substantial contributions in a number of mathematical research: analytic geometry, differential calculus, probability theory, optics and number theory.