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Aire sur l'Adour.
Cathedral Saint Jean-le-Baptiste.
Auch. Very pleasant city and capital of the Gers
15th Centuriy Cathedral. Music recitals 10 times a year.
Bayonne. Large city and port on the mouth of the Adour
Notre Dame Cathedral 13th and 16th centuries.
Condom. Known as the small capital of Armagnac
Flaran Abbey. The Abbey of Flaran was founded by the Cistercians in 1151, but like so many similar buildings suffered considerably from centuries of violent conflict. By this century it has become an agricultural building, used to store barrels of armagnac. Since 1970, however, an enormous effort has been made to restore it, and it now houses the department's cultural centre.
St Pierre, 16th Century Cathedral. Rebuilt between 1507 and 1531, this majestic cathedral is one of the last Gothic buildings in the Gers. Indeed certain Renaissance tendencies can already be seen emerging. Grandiose stained glass windows from the last and this century.
Dax. One of France's most important spa towns, dating from Roman times
17th century cathedral. Dax's cathedral was started in the 17th century in the classical style to replace a Gothic church which had collapsed. All that remains of the latter is a doorway, incorporated into the cathedral. The cathedral itself took 275 years to build!
Gimont. Old bastide town and foie gras centre
Abbey of Planselve. Some remains of the Cistercian abbey which founded Gimont can still be seen outside the town on the D12
Lectoure.
Saint Gervais, 15 and 16th Centuries.
Lescar. Originally Benehamum under the Romans and first capital of Béarn
Cathedral of Notre Dame. The cathedral was built in the 12th century on the ruins of the one sacked by the Normans in the 9th century. It became a Protestant temple for a while under Jeanne d'Albret in 1563 but was later restored by the Catholics. Fine 17th century sculptures of Christ, apostles, martyrs and local saints, 34 in all.
Oloron-Sainte-Marie. Important old town close to the Pyrénées on the juction of two rivers
Cathedral Sainte-Marie.
Pau. Elegant city heavily influenced by the British, now capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Notre Dame Cathedral, 13th century.
Tarbes.
Romanesque cathedral.

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