The Benedictine abbey of Pessan was founded in the 9th century. It would remain so until 18th century, when it was replaced by a chapter of twelve canons. Pessan is a former bastide that received a "customs charter", bestowing certain privileges to its population, in 1270. Its architecture remains remarkable. It features a number of Gallo-Roman vestiges, a sculpted white marble sarcophagus at En Castéra, and a treasure trove of medieval coins.
Don't miss, in Pessan
- The church, a former abbey built in the 12th and 13th centuries that is now a listed historical building, features a Romanesque transept, Gothic choir, reconstructed vaulted nave, square tower, Romanesque capitals and frieze, woodwork, choir stalls, a gilded wooden altar, a 16th-century Pietà, 17th- and 18th-century statues and paintings, and 18th-century gilded wooden chandeliers.
- At the town hall you may view a display of medieval coins.
- Fortified tower gate;
- Private castles;
- Lovely half-timbered houses;
- Former windmill.
Last week end of August, local feast