SOUTH WEST VINEYARDS
Opened in 2014, Soulages Museum, named after the contemporary painter from Aveyron, has become the city’s new must-see, complementing the magnificent red sandstone cathedral above it, along with Fenaille Museum, which has a priceless collection of standing stone statues.
An important site in Midi-Pyrénées, the medieval village of Conques and its abbatial church, itself a masterpiece of Romanesque art with a splendid tympanum portraying the Last Judgement, are one of the most significant centers of art and spirituality in the West. Thanks to the relics of Sainte Foy which were stolen from Agen in the 11th century, Conques became a busy stop on the pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela. The contemporary stained-glass windows in the abbatial church were designed by the artist Pierre Soulages.
The capital of glove-making now boasts a majestic viaduct: a technological feat and a work of art. Like a gigantic white sailboat, the metal and concrete structure spans the River Tarn over 2,460 meters and has a record-breaking height with a pylon 343 meters above the valley (taller than the Eiffel Tower!).
Overlooking the village, the castle was built by the Counts of Estaing in the 16th century. The nearby church, which dates back to the 15th century, houses the relics of Saint Fleuret, patron saint of the city. The motif of the pilgrim kneeling next to the carved stone cross, which is on the forecourt, evokes Santiago de Compostela and the routes of the pilgrims.
30 minutes from Millau, Roquefort-sur-Soulzon lies at the foot of the Combalou cliff. The village contains hidden treasures: thousands of Roquefort cheeses – the first ever French PDO – slowly maturing in the cellars ventilated by the fleurines (faults) in the scree of the Combalou cliff. Several cheesemakers operate tours of their cellars.
South West Vineyards
Centre INRA - Chemin de Borde Rouge
CS 52637 - 31321 Castanet Tolosan cedex
Phone : (+33) 5 61 73 87 06
Fax : (+33) 5 61 75 64 39
Monday to Friday : 9 am - 5 pm
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