Travelling through the South of France is an incredible journey with succulent wine and food, breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and awe-inspiring cathedrals from years long forgotten.
Driving through the département du Gers (an administrative division of France) is a mesmerizing experience punctuated by the rolling hills upon which 20,000 hectors of vines producing their vin du pays (local wine) grow, or fields of sunflowers waving at you in the breeze while you gaze out the passenger window of your Peugeot.
Every so often the winding road will pass through a quiet village, each one prettier than the last. Around every corner you will undoubtably find a boulangerie or a café, where the locals convivially gather for an afternoon patisserie, some bold fromage, and a chilled glass of vin blanc sec.
The cornerstone of these medieval towns, towering above everything else, is the cathedral, many of which were built over half a millennia ago. It was a time when nothing was more important than your relationship with the church. It was the mortar that held these communities together.
Religious, we are not, at least not in the traditional way that once was prevalent throughout European and North American Christian societies.
But the beauty of these cathedrals is simply undeniable. You would have to be a brutish barbarian not to bask in the history, beauty and sense of grandness that accompanied us through each and every cathedral we visited.
Take a look for yourself!
Basilique-Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile / Cathedral Basilica of Saint Cecilia – Albi
Cathédrale Sainte-Marie / Saint Marie Cathedral – Auch
Église Saint-Michel / Saint Michel Church – Lavardens
Cathédrale de Saint-Pierre / Saint Peter’s Cathedral – Condom
Other churches in Southern France
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