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THE GR DE PAYS® COEUR DE GASCOGNE

This large circuit which links the GR65 to the GR653 will take you through the Gers, passing in particular by Auch, Lavardens, Castéra-Verduzan, Valence sur Baïse, Condom, La Romieu, Sainte-Mère, Lectoure, Fleurance, Montestruc and Montaut-les- Slots.

On the paths of the Gers, you will cross the town ofLikewise, capital of Gascony but also Grands Sites Occitanie labeled Cities and Countries of Art and History. By taking the Claude Desbons promenade, you will be able to see, majestically dominating the city, the emblematic Sainte Marie Cathedral, a major site on the Saint-Jacques de Compostela roads classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. It stands on the site of an old Romanesque church from the 1489th century. Its construction lasted two hundred years (1680 - 2), which explains the variety of styles: Flamboyant Gothic for the whole of the work, and Renaissance for the facade framed by 1500 towers. This cathedral is one of the last Gothic cathedrals in France and one of the richest. There are many treasures to be discovered inside, including the stained-glass windows by Arnaud de Moles which are among the most beautiful stained-glass windows of the XNUMXth century, the oak choir made up of high stalls and low stalls where more than XNUMX figures are carved and the great organ from the XNUMXth century.

À Lavardens, a village classified as "Most beautiful villages in France", let yourself be seduced by the charm of the old mills and panoramic viewpoints. You can visit its impressive XNUMXth and XNUMXth century castle overlooking the Gers countryside, its XNUMXth century church and its medieval streets.
Listed as a Historic Monument in 1961 and designed in the refined taste of the 17th century, the Château de Lavardens presents unique architectural feats such as the towers on the trunk.

You will be won over by your stay in the heart of the spa town of Castera-Verduzan which owes its fame to a child from the village, the famous professor of medicine Odilon Lannelongue (1840-1911). Today, the thermal spa complex makes it possible to treat digestive and metabolic ailments (AD), as well as ailments of the bucco-lingual mucous membranes (AMB) but also to relax in the thermoludic space (swimming pool, sauna, hammam ... ). As a bonus, this stage via Castéra-Verduzan offers beautiful views of the Pyrenees.

From the marina of Valence-sur-Baise to its towpath, passing by the unmissable Cistercian Abbey of Flaran classified as a Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées, you will need to take the time to stroll through this bastide.
Its abbey, a jewel of Cistercian art in Gascony, is the perfect illustration of a Cistercian ensemble from the XNUMXth century, remodeled until the XNUMXth century. The monastic buildings (church, cloister, chapter house, refectory, dormitory, abbey house) and the gardens will be revealed during the visit.
Around the cloister and the church (2000th - 2th century) this surprisingly preserved ensemble extends over more than XNUMXmXNUMX; it allows a unique approach to the Cistercian community, installed here, in the heart of the Middle Ages, at the height of the order. During your journey, you will also discover an exceptional collection of masterpieces by masters from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century (Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Braque, Tiepolo, Rubens, Courbet, Rodin ...) for a wonderful journey to the heart of European artistic trends.

À Condom, a city listed among the Great Occitan Sites under the title "Armagnac Abbey and Cities", go back to the time when the city was the center of the Armagnac trade by discovering its many mansions in the classical style of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. You can stroll along the Baïse or contemplate Saint-Pierre Cathedral. Majestic building from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, its Gothic architecture, as well as its spacious cloister and its elegant episcopal palace, will reveal the history of the city to you.

Direction La romieu where you will discover the legend of Angéline's Cats. You can observe the testimony on the arcaded square of the bastide decorated with many stone cats placed on the windows of the houses. Do not miss the St Pierre collegiate complex, classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. This essential site for Gers tourism was founded in the XNUMXth century. by Cardinal Arnaud d'Aux, an influential figure in the papal court of Clement V. A visit to this remarkable ensemble of southern architecture will allow you to discover its church with a single nave, its cloister and its two towers, one of which contains a secret passage with a double revolution staircase. You will also pass by the rampart walk, the gardens and the octagonal tower to see, at the detours of the floors, the frescoes of the newly restored sacristy.

You will then cross the charming little village of Holy mother before you go to Lectoure labeled “Most beautiful detour in France”. Perched on a promontory in the heart of Gers Lomagne, Lectoure is adorned with a belt of ramparts from which emerge beautiful stone houses, gardens, fountains, alleys, old mansions, thermal baths and imposing monuments. You will be able to appreciate the rich heritage of the city: the heart of the city, the ramparts, the castle of the Counts of Armagnac and the unmissable Gothic Cathedral of Saint-Gervais with its side, the Episcopal Palace. The Cathedral, built on the highest part of the city in a privileged location, stands out with its bell tower which dominates the city. The ground floor of the bell tower houses a collection of objects of worship, liturgical vestments and fragments of decorations from the building.

Crossing Fleurance, bastide of the XIIIth century, you will be able to admire its typical market with its arcades, its statues-fountains symbolizing the 4 seasons as well as its church of southern Gothic style. You will find in this country house turned towards astronomy, the simple happiness of contemplating a sunset or, looking up to the sky, rediscover the stars which will make your Gers nights as beautiful as your days ...

Then, your route will continue through the village of Montestruc and by that of Montaut-les-Slots, village perched on the top of a hill. In the heart of the walls of this castelnau, let yourself be guided, from the Romanesque church to the medieval castle, walking through its narrow streets with picturesque charming houses.

From there you will join Likewise, The circle is complete !

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  • Type of route: Equestrian
  • Type of route: Walking
  • Type of route: Long routes
  • Type of route: MTB
  • Type of route: On the paths of Saint-Jacques