La Romieu

Region : Midi-Pyrénées
Department : Gers (32)
Postcode : 32 480
Residents: 589

Francescas - La Romieu: 17 miles

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The small village La Romieu

LA ROMIEU, the small municipality(Commune) of the canton of Condom, is situated in the North of the department of the Gers, on the Roads of Santiago de Compostela.

The name 'La Romieu' appears for the first time in old documents dated in 1082. Arnaud d'Aux was born in this little village in Gascony in 1265 and later became cardinal in 1312. To honour his birth region he ordered the construction of this Collegiale de La Romieu. In the village you will find many sculptures of cats in honour of Angeline and the Legend of the Cats.

Collegiale in the evening

As a result, on the pilgrimage route to St-Jacques de Compostelle in 1318 an abbey with a church, two towers and a court were constructed in gothic style. One of the towers is an octoganal completely closed structure. The other tower is a much more square-shaped open structure carrying the chruch bells. In the church which is beautifully restored, there are unique frescos with esoteric motives and black angels on display for the public. The tiled floor is still in its original state.
The entire compley which is now protected by Unesco is very well preserved and can be visited almost entirely. The sun-flooded courtyard leads to the majestic church where the frescos are on display. You can climb one of the towers using a very narrow stone-carved staircase past several rooms at different levels, leading eventually to the actual roof of the church. The rooftop construction is very impressive and the view over the rolling hills of the Gers is phantastic.

stations of the cross

Don't miss the small village

Website in english: La Romieu

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