St Bertrand De Comminges

St Bertrand de Comminges almost cut off where a bubble of Haute Garonne pushes into Hautes Pyrenees, is one of the plus beaux villages de France.

The town was first established by the Romans as Lugdunum Convenarum, and was an important place on the route from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.


The existing town was first built around the cathedral built by St Bertrand, who was a bishop of Comminges in the 11th century, and the network of fascinating narrow streets with their medieval buildings is well worth a visit.

The cathedral of St Marie is a rather plain building from the outside, but its unassuming exterior belies the lavishly decorated gothic interior.

Particularly sumptuous is the 16th century organ, ornamented with rustic and mythological scenes, still used for concerts and recitals today, including the Festival of Comminges, which since its founding in 1975 has brought lovers of sacred and chamber music from all over the world.

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