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To be discovered on site ...

FABAS : the lake (10 minutes drive)

The lake, lined with the huge Forest of Salherm (470 ha) looks like a little Canada in autumn. It's the meeting point of walkers, joggers, fishermen (fishing card compulsory), and more generally speaking, anyone in love with nature and quiet… If you are lucky, you may see a deer swim to get to the other side of the lake!

BOUSSAN : Heritage House of Barthète (10 minutes drive)
Within the ancient baths of Boussan, Heritage House of Barthete welcomes you in its collections:
  • Regional & local (from Comminges) pottery, earthenware tiles;
  • Traditional Southwest pottery;
  • Exhibitions of contemporary art.

ALAN : Bishops' Palace (15 minutes drive)
In the late fifteenth century, Bishop Jean de Foix Grailly turned his house into a sumptuous palace decorated with frescoes, mostly missing; orthogonal tower housing a spiral staircase is a masterpiece of Gothic art flamboyant, with its tympan decorated with a monumental carved cow. During the Revolution, the building was divided and sold as national property. In 1912 the famous cow, threatened with being sold to an art lover and exported abroad, was defended and saved by the inhabitants of Alan. The tympan was classified historical monument.

AURIGNAC : The Keep / Museum of Prehistory (15 minutes drive)
In the Middle Ages, the powerful family of Comminges divided their territory into eight castles.
Muret played the role of capital and home to the official residence of the Count, while Aurignac was a very important place because of its natural defenses and its large population. As in each unit, a castle was built between 1230 and 1240.
Its keep is composed of three bunk rooms, 5 meters high and 3.4 meters wide. A staircase built in the thickness of the wall allows access to the upper platform. The construction was mainly used as a guide and watch. It is surrounded by a rectangular wall 40 by 16 meters, whose walls are 1.5 to 2 meters thick.
From the top of the keep, you will have a splendid view of the surrounding countryside and you will know all the names thanks to the viewpoint indicator!

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am- 1pm / 3 pm-5pm. Sunday and holidays: 11am-1pm.
Adults: 3€. Locals and children under 12: free. Groups (4 persons): € 2.
If you are interested, if the visit is closed, please contact the Tourist Office: 05-61-98-70-06.

You will also have the opportunity of a stroll to the prehistoric shelter:
The cave, hidden in a limestone cliff, was discovered in 1852 by Jean-Baptiste Bonnemaison. Seventeen skeletons were then identified and buried in the cemetery.
Later, in 1860, a paleontology enthusiast and one of the inventors of prehistory as a science: Edouard Lartet started studying it.
Eponymous site of the Aurignacian, this cave is of a great archaeological richness, especially regarding Aurignacian remains.

MARTRES-TOLOSANE : Earthenware workshops (25 minutes drive)
You will find several several earthenware workshops in Martres-Tolosane.
Earthenware: born of the alliance between earth, water and fire, entirely decorated and worked by hand, earthenware in the big fire of the workshops in Martres-Tolosane continues more than three centuries of tradition and talent.
But you will also admire two sculptures by Jean-Louis Toutain there: one next to the church (the Potter) and one on the roundabout to Boussens (the Cyclists). Born in Toulouse on May 17th 1948, he died on May 15th 2008, after a long disease. The painter-sculptor from Montbrun-Bocage whose generous works decorate several squares and gardens in Toulouse and its region, had come to support (for the 2nd time) the Arts Exhibition in Martres-Tolosane, in november 2007. Come and discover Toutain's excessiveness: bulky humanoids, all in round shapes, topped with tiny heads, who show an infectious joie de vivre with humour and tenderness.

ARNAUD-GUILHEM : Bonnefont Abbey (30 minutes drive)
The Abbey was founded in 1136 in a territory given by Flandrine Montpezat (Saint Martory). It became national property during the Revolution ; it was sold and the buildings dismantled by the new owners. Much of the cloister is in Saint-Gaudens, but you can find items that belonged to the abbey everywhere around: in Lestelle, St Martory and Touille, for example. There is even a part of the abbey in the United States: indeed, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents a reconstruction of the cloister (the first half of XIII) with its marble pillars.
CARDEILHAC : Arboretum (30 minutes drive)
MONTMAURIN : Gallo-Roman villa (35 minutes drive)
MONTSAUNES : Templar Commandery (35 minutes drive)
Montsaunes was founded by the Knights Templar around 1156. The diversity of their goods and their many feudal rights resulted in their representing the largest economy in the region for a time. The order was dissolved by King Philip IV in 1307, and their property and rights returned to the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. The right of high justice exercised by the Templars was then given to the hospitallers until the Revolution, together with the annual fee payable on furnace, forge and mill. The Commandery, or the church of Saint-Christophe des Templiers dates from 1180. It is contructed on a simple plan according to the model built in Palestine. Bertrand de Goth (future Pope Clement V) devoted to the Templar Commandery a special occult attention. A legend asserts that the church still holds a magical knowledge related to a secret of the pope hidden in the underground rooms of the church after the fall of the temple ...
SAINT-GAUDENS : Cloister and Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre (35 minutes drive)
The Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre dates back from the 11th – 19th centuries. It was the church of a canons' college. The presence of a community of Benedictine monks had been testified in Saint Gaudens since the 9th century, but it was only around 1060 that the bishop of Comminges: Bernard, gave a community of monks a church he had started to build.
The cloister is a reconstruction dating back from 1989, performed by restorers of historic sites and historians. The north gallery conjures up the Norman period with its 12th century capitals while the East gallery copies the southern gothic style of 14th century. The ground is restored with pebbles from the Garonne.
SAINT-JULIEN : Gallic village (50 minutes drive)
SAINT-BERTRAND DE COMMINGES : Cathedral (60 minutes drive)
VALCABRERE : Basilica (60 minutes drive)
TOULOUSE : Space City (60 minutes drive)