Villa Gallo-Romaine

Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

About 15km west of Condom near the little town of Montréal du Gers lie the excavated remains of a 2nd- to 5th-century Gallo-Roman villa. Discovered in the 19th century, these ancient remnants were once part of a Roman aristocrat's 6500-sq-metre agricultural estate. Archaeologists have revealed the villa's baths, outbuildings and 450 sq metres of geometric mosaic floors, offering a glimpse of the luxurious lifestyle of its owners. After a couple of years of extensive renovations, the site reopened in mid-2018.

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5. Cathédrale St-Pierre

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6. Marché au Gras

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