L'Isle-Jourdain is situated in Gascony, the heart of the Southwest. Historically, Gascony is a large territory, a principality in South-West France. Despite its changes, Gascon identity remains throughout the ancien regime and until today.
Gascony is a vast territory located in the Southwest between the Pyrenees, the left bank of the Garonne and the Atlantic Ocean. Cradle of Gascony, the Gers is marked by history and still bears the traces. Field of the Musketeers, is also a land full of mystical emotion: the pilgrimage of Saint Jacques de Compostela.
Gers, temperate climate, its culture from the land, its habitat in nature, the hospitality of his Gascon and preserved environment is conducive to recreation and relaxation.
L'Isle-Jourdain located in Toulouse in Gascony is a mirror: it is an area growing population and economy that has maintained a privileged environment, it shares the landscape features of Biscay and the architectural style of the Toulouse region. That territory "the sun rises and sets Toulouse Gascon."
The territory is located outside the department near the city of Toulouse. It is part of the Portes de Gascogne Country, territory project whose main theme is based on welcoming newcomers and sustainable which includes all of Eastern Department.
This is a rural area with a high quality of landscapes: from east to west, the territory has 4 major landscape units:
Garonne terraces, an extremely flat; pujaudrannaises terraces crossed by a watercourse Coubet.
Coast Toulouse: terrain rises to 340 meters between the plain of the Garonne from the entire range Gascon, steep terrain, wooded important occupation, the villages are perched. This is the case Pujaudran and Lias.
Valley Save: Save the territory runs over 14 km. It is lined with very gentle slopes largely occupied by agriculture.
The hills of Gascony: a succession of lines, ridges and small valleys which offers panoramic views. Several villages have settled: Marestaing, Endoufielle, Auradé, Monferran-Savès and Clermont-Savès.
Landscape quality is closely linked to agriculture because it is the farmers who, through their business shape the landscape. The territory of present landscapes Savès Toulousain widely cultivated, the parcels are considered as the basic and very present. There is almost no farming or vineyard. The dominance of the earth primarily as brick raw or cooked as architectural material gives the area its component typical landscape: a landscape of pink bricks sometimes associated with pebbles. In fact, the frame usually appears as a decorative element red or pink walls, gates, shrines, wells and fountains themselves are decorated with a variety of shaped clay.
The pigeon, remarkable heritage elements on the territory, were once used to fertilize the land stretched by cereal crops.
Toulouse Gascony is an area rich in biodiversity, particularly along the Sava River and its tributaries, natural wet meadows, ponds, embankments.
The area displays a dual personality: a fertile soil deeply rural and agricultural, where deep-rooted traditions, cuisine rich with authentic local cuisine as duck, duck, confit, foie gras and other dishes are key words in plates ...
L'Isle-Jourdain, a remarkable heritage:
Campanaire Art Museum: Located in the old hall, the Museum of Art Campanaire is unique in Europe. Created in 1995, it includes an outstanding collection of bells, chimes, bells, bells ... from around the world. This collection has over a thousand objects, including two outstanding pieces of the most spectacular: a clockwork automatons popular in the 19th century and the chime of the Bastille. This national museum is open every day except Tuesdays, May 1 and December 25. Its opening hours are from 10am to 12pm and from 14:30 to 18:30 from 14 June to 14 September and from 10am to 12pm and from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. from September 15 to June 14, closing with a 1 year to 15 January.
Claude Augé home: The house is a listed building. It has beautiful stained glass, including that of "The Sower" emblem publish Cambridge. Claude Augé, illustrates Lislois, creator of the Petit Larousse Illustrated and many other dictionaries was born and lived in L'Isle-Jourdain.
Bridge Shot: Certifications of 1217, the bridge turn owes its name because it is not perpendicular to the bed of the Sava. It is a brick bridge has a single arch, which originally had a wooden deck. Located on the old road to Auch L'Isle-Jourdain, the swing bridge has seen, among others, Henri de Navarre and Louis XIV.
The collegiate church of Saint-Martin L'Isle-Jourdain, single nave, is in the form of a Greco-Latin cross. This is the fourth built in this place. It has no steeple, a tower of the 14th century monument, in lieu thereof.
Panat Castle was built in the late 19th century by Samuel Joseph Castelpers Brunet, Marquis de Panat, and his wife Margaret Sales. The building brings together the architectural memories that the couple had met during his travels. The castle was sold by Emeric of Panat, the last of Panat. It is private property and can be visited.
Instead of City Hall and City Hall: This is a recent creation, founded only in 1877. She holds within it the emblem of the city. North side of the square is City Hall sometimes referred to as "Little Capitol" in reference to the city hall of Toulouse. The facade of City Hall has a neoclassical 19th century, French style with a symmetrical facade and homogeneous. It is a great monument of stones and bricks, a large and imposing public building.
Place Gambetta: A fountain of red bricks stood on this site. The current fountain is a tribute to Claude Augé, creator of Petit Larousse Illustre: the character set, the mother blowing the water towards the figure standing child. You can see the transmission of knowledge. In 1790, Gambetta Square was the scene of an execution. Event happier at this point, once, was shot fireworks.
A guided tour of the city of L'Isle-Jourdain can be applied is then provided by a volunteer of the association "Les Amis de Claude Augé.
Breeding donkeys (donkey's milk production): open to the public every Wednesday, year round, starting at 15h. Opportunity to watch the milking of mares around 15h30 and 17h.
Leisure activities: Water-ski lift at Lake L'Isle-Jourdain - Paintball - Numerous hiking trails - Tennis - Golf (9 holes) - Mini Golf - Fishing - Swimming in the swimming pool - fitness trail ...
The third weekend of March: Carnival Gascon hanging with Mr. Carnival, parade, dances initiation Gascon, Gascon ball, meals ...
In June: Midsummer fire with meal and dancing.
The first weekend of July Festival Escota e Minja: family festival and very friendly highlighting values Gascon (dances, film screenings, free concerts rock-Gascon, meals ...).
The last weekend of July: local festival.
The 2nd weekend of November: Fair on St. Martin, craft fair and gourmet.