Interior of the gothic cathedral of Condom.

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Cathédrale St-Pierre

Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

The foundations of this formidable cathedral date back to 1011, when the site hosted a Benedictine abbey. The cathedral was rebuilt in Flamboyant Gothic style with a lofty nave and elaborate chancel. The 16th-century cloister, accessed from rue de l'Evêché, was designed to offer wet-weather protection for Compostela pilgrims; note the weathered scallop shell, the emblem of St James, in stone relief on the wall.

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