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Figeac

Figeac, a "Town of Art and History", is more than worthy of this status, only awarded to places with an exceptionally rich architectural/historical heritage plus the determination to conserve and enhance it.

 

Its history goes back well over a thousand years to the foundation of a Benedictine house, which gave rise to a settlement that grew and prospered along with the abbey. By the 13th-14th C., Figeac was a thriving centre of trade and commerce, whose rich merchants were to be found all over Europe and around the Mediterranean. Naturally, these wealthy families built houses which reflected their social position by their size and the beauty of their façades; and the fact that the town is situated in the Limargue meant that high-quality, fine-grained sandstone was readily available from local quarries. This enabled some of the most ornately-decorated private houses in the Lot to be constructed here; many of which still remain for the greater pleasure of residents and visitors alike, as do more modest buildings which speak equally eloquently of the lives and occupations of their former inhabitants. A stroll around the old town is at once a delight and an education.

Le Musée des Ecritures

 

This fascinating museum, dedicated to the world's major writing systems, occupies the house in which was born Jean-François Champollion, who cracked the lost code of Egyptian hieroglyphics in the early 19th C. There is a collection associated with him, including some of his original writings and Egyptian artefacts. The other exhibits present and explain all the major writing systems that have developed in the world; a logical extension of Champollion's own passion.

 


Contact


 


Office de Tourisme de Figeac

www.tourisme-figeac.com
Place Vival

46 100 Figeac

Tél. : 06 65 34 06 25

 

 

 
Lot Tourisme
CS90007 – 46001 Cahors cedex 9

05 65 35 07 09
info@tourisme-lot.com
 

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