Figeac,your meeting place in a medieval land
Figeac invites you to open yourself up to the surprising wealth of its medieval houses and urban palaces, whose delicately sculpted façades and winding streets form an urban landscape straight out of the Middle Ages. Nestled prettily at the bottom of the romantic Célé Valley, it has stood proudly there for centuries gone by. Figeac is undeniably at the intersection of modernity and tradition, an amalgamation that it has mastered wonderfully...
Its ideal location 40 minutes to 1 hour from its “big sisters” makes the town a nerve centre and perfect jumping-off point for the region.
What not to miss
Set off to discover the emblematic sites and buildings of Figeac
Saint-Sauveur Church, a vestige of the old Benedictine abbey
Notre-Dame-du-Puy Church in the heart of the former Protestant fortress
Medieval houses and urban palaces like Château du Viguier du Roy, Hôtel de la Monnaie, Palais Balène and more
Ancient market squares brought to life by markets and festivals
The house where Jean-Francois Champollion was born, now the Musée Champollion – Les Ecritures du Monde
Place des Ecritures, a veritable work of art in the town...
A little history
The town owes its founding to the creation of Saint-Sauveur Abbey by Benedictine monks from Conques in the 9th century. During the Middle Ages, the town grew around the abbey and extended its influence over a vast territory. Saint-Sauveur Abbey Church, modelled after Conques, survives today. This testimonial to Romanesque art, marked by the beauty of its 11th century capitals, as well as to Gothic art, still possesses a 13th century chapter house adorned with sumptuous Baroque décor.
Did you say "merchants"?
Figeac’s location at the intersection of the limestone plateaux of Limargue, Ségala, Lot and Célé naturally endowed it with a merchant calling as early as the Middle Ages. At that time, a spirit of openness pushed the merchants of Figeac and Quercy to enter into the luxury goods business across France, and then throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. The large dimensions and sculpted façades of the houses in town bear witness to the wealth of those merchants. Their layout reflects the trade, with shop arcades and soleilhos, open-sided granaries used for drying.
1001 ways to visit Figeac
Interested in delving into local history?
- Guided tours of Figeac and the surrounding villages
Contemporary Art of the artist Joseph Kosuth