MIDI-PYRÉNÉES
Départments
Ariège Aveyron Gers Haute-Garonne Haute-Pyrénées Lot Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne
               
Midi-Pyrénées is now part of the new larger region of Occitanie
 
 
LOT
Lott was created in 1790 from part of the province of Quercy; later some cantons were separated to form the department of Tarn-et-Garonne
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Assier
  Cahors  Castelnau-Montratier  Espagnac-Sainte-Eulalie  Lacave 
Cahors - Cathedral of St Étienne
There is parking in both street and car parks near the cathedral; as far as I could tell this is all pay parking. The cathedral is open and free to enter. Photography is allowed but flash is not permitted
44º26'50"N  1º26'32.1"E

Above: Raymond de Cornil (1293) Bishop of Cahors (1280-1293)
Limestone.  13th-14th centuries. The feet apper to rest on a lion and are supported by an angel(s)
Right: Alain de Solmaniac (1659) Bishop of Cahors (1637-1659)
The list gives this as a gisant; however it is a tomb chest. The date painted on the lid is 1791.
Pierre Alfred Grimardias (1896)  Bishop of Cahors 1869-1896
Limestone effigy on plain tomb chest. By A Rougé 1896, signed


Espagnac-Sainte-Eulalie - St Augustine
This is a joint commune of two separate villages. The church is actually in Espagnac, although the entrance to this village shows the joint name. The only approach  is from the D41 and on the approach road you will shortly see a sign stating that no vehicles are allowed into to village. However there is a free - although small - car park near this sign and to your left. The car park requires a difficult hair pin turn to enter (and exit as there are no through roads) from the approach road; I would suggest you drive a little further and turn around in a suitable turning space which you will find quickly on your left. It is a very short walk to the church.
The church is locked although, on this occasion, we were fortunate in obtaining the key from the marie. However to avoid disappointment after quite a long journey it is better to follow the instructions on the church gate 'October-April for up to six people, contact:
Christian Thiry 0033 [0]5 81 48 06 57
During the summer there are guided tours twice daily, 10.30am -12.30pm and 4pm - 6.00pm. The cost is €2.00. The contact name and number is as before.
The Church of  St Augustine is that of the Abbey of Espagnac, Notre-Dame-de-Val Paradise, sometimes referred to as a priory. It was a convent of canonesses regular.



Americ d'Hébrard de St-Sulpice (1295) Bishop of Coimbra in Portugal. Refounder of the monastery here. Formerly identified as François de Cardaillac de Brengues, Bishop of Cahors (1404).


Above and left: Hugues de Cadaillac (1342) Lord of  Brengues
Below: Barnarde (de Trian) Wife of Hugues above. She was the niece of Pope John XXII.

These monuments are situated on either side of the chancel. Excavation is in progress (Nov. 2021) exposing the base of the tomb chest, the chancel floor having been raised at some point. As may be seen in the photographs the excavation is roped off and uncertain looking so I was unable to get near to the monuments to take a photograph from another angle.

The monument to the Bishop is in the nave.



Note the representation of drapery over the sides of the bier; this is similar to that carved on the Plantagenet effigies at Fontevraud and a nearby abbey in Maine-et-Loire.



 
TARN-ET-GARONNE

Tarn-et-Garonne was originally part of the provinces of Quercy and Languedoc. It was created by Napoleon in 1806 with territories taken from Lot, Haute-Garonne, Gers, and Aveyron.
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Montpezat-de-Quercy
 
Montpezat-de-Quercy
Collégiale St-Martin
You can park free in the town square from where it is a short walk to the church; however this means negotiating a number of steps and there is no handrail. There appears to be a car park outside the church but we had already visited and did not discover how to drive there.

Bishop Jean des Près (1353)
Bishop of Castres and nephew of the Cardinal. Stone.
Cardinal Pierre des Près (1361)
He was the founder of the Collegiate Church. White marble.

 
 
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