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Towns and Districts of Art and History in the Occitanie

[Translate to English:] Villefranche-de-Rouergue (Aveyron), Eglise Notre-Dame (ancienne collégiale).<br />Détail du clocher.<br />Poitou, Philippe, (c) Inventaire général Région Midi-Pyrénées.

Towns and Districts of Art and History in the Occitanie

The status of 'Villes et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire' (Towns and Districts of Art and History) is awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and Media to local authorities that promote their local heritage in an active and...

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The bastide towns of Rouergue

Whether it's a village from the Romanesque period nestling under the protective gaze of a castle (Najac) or a Benedictine monastery (Rieupeyroux, Villeneuve), with a new district crowded against the old, or else a bastide town...

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Cahors

Cahors, Town of art and history, nestles upon a wide penninsula surrounded by the river Lot.

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Figeac

Figeac is notable for its well-preserved medieval urban fabric and a number of houses, both modest and more luxurious, that illustrate the development of the home from the 12th century to the modern day.

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Montauban

Constructed where the Quercy, Rouergue and Aquitaine regions meet, Montauban lies at the heart of a huge farming region and rises up above the Tarn, keeping a watchful eye over the river.

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The Cathar Pyrenees

Between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the river Hers forms a transportation corridor that enabled people to settle in this area from the very earliest times.

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The Aure and Louron valleys

The 'Pays d’art et d’histoire des vallées d’Aure et du Louron' (district of art and history of the Aure and Louron valleys) is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, on the edge of the Pyrenees National Park and next to the...

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Millau

Millau has been a member of the national network of Villes d’Art et d’Histoire (towns of art and history) since January 2010. The town's originality lies in its rich historical and architectural heritage.

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District of art and history of Grand Auch

Located in the heart of the Gers, half-way between Toulouse and Bordeaux, between the Pyrenees and the Massif central, the Grand Auch region lies in the area known as 'Haut Armagnac' or 'Armagnac Blanc' (white Armagnac), because...