Collégiale St-Pierre

Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

A twin-towered medieval church and cloisters is the focal point of tiny La Romieu, 12km northeast of Condom. This lonely village outpost first sprang up as a priory, founded in 1062 by two Benedictine monks returning from a pilgrimage to Rome via Toulouse (the name comes from roumieu, meaning ‘Roman pilgrim’). Inside the church, the sacristy is lavished with colourful decorations dating from the 19th century; ascend one of the towers (watch your step) for panoramic views of the Gers countryside.

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Nearby Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn attractions

1. Les Jardins de Coursiana

0.39 MILES

These landscaped gardens in La Romieu were laid out in 1974 by a local agricultural engineer. More than 700 trees and rare plants flourish in the four…

2. Marché au Gras

6.46 MILES

Stock up on local produce like homemade jams, cheeses, liqueur-steeped pâté and bottles of Armagnac at this twice-weekly food market.

3. Cathédrale St-Pierre

6.47 MILES

The foundations of this formidable cathedral date back to 1011, when the site hosted a Benedictine abbey. The cathedral was rebuilt in Flamboyant Gothic…

4. Musée de l'Armagnac

6.48 MILES

Located in a turn-of-the-century cellar, this museum is dedicated to the fine art of Armagnac production; it houses a modest collection of vintage bottles…

5. Lectoure

7.19 MILES

It's something of a surprise to come across a place of such historical wealth in such a remote part of the Gers département, well away from any major…

6. Abbaye de Flaran

8.88 MILES

This serene Cistercian abbey is one of the loveliest in the Gers département. Founded in 1151 and guarded by a 14th-century fortress door, it was…

8. Château du Busca Maniban

11.66 MILES

This magnificent château, 10km south of Condom on the D229, has been distilling Armagnac since the mid-17th century. It's not the place for a guided…