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Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aveyron

Villefranche-de-Rouergue - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aveyron
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Founded in 1252 by Alphonse de Poitiers, Count of Toulouse and brother of St Louis, the royal fortified town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue in the Aveyron Valley boasts a remarkable and picturesque range of buildings. At the heart of the town is Place Notre-Dame, a listed Historic Monument which is simply superb, with its medieval archways, beautiful old houses and an imposing bell-tower standing 54 metres high on top of the Collegiate Church of Our Lady. The latter contains carved wood stalls and a stone pulpit from the15th century.

On a tour of Villefranche-de-Rouergue you can also admire the details on the façades of its splendid houses, like the houses of Armand, Combettes, Dardenne and Gaubert.

Opposite the charming Place de la Fontaine, the Urbain Cabrol Municipal Museum, based in an 18th-century mansion, displays collections about local history: mineralogy, archaeology, baroque art, popular arts and traditions...

Don't miss the local produce market that takes place every Thursday morning on Place Notre-Dame!

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Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Villefranche-de-Rouergue is located in the triangle formed by Cahors, Albi and Rodez, in the heart of a country that extends from the Lot valley in the Aveyron gorges. New Town Middle Ages, Villefranche has preserved the originality of its medieval town plan, organized around the main shopping streets.

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Aerial view of market Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Aerial view of market Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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The arcades of the Place Notre-Dame
The arcades of the Place Notre-Dame
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The old bridge Villefranche-de-Rouergue
The old bridge Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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Aerial photo
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The roofs of the fortified town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue
The roofs of the fortified town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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The Saint-Sauveur chartreuse Villefranche-de-Rouergue
The Saint-Sauveur chartreuse Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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The Saint-Sauveur chartreuse (© Gilles Tordjemann)
The Saint-Sauveur chartreuse (© Gilles Tordjemann)
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the Saint-Sauveur chartreuse (© Gilles Tordjemann)
the Saint-Sauveur chartreuse (© Gilles Tordjemann)
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chapel of the black penitents of Villefranche-de-Rouergue
chapel of the black penitents of Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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the altarpiece of the chapel of the black penitents in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
the altarpiece of the chapel of the black penitents in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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the ceiling of the chapel of the black penitents in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
the ceiling of the chapel of the black penitents in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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market Villefranche-de-Rouergue
market Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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collegiate Notre Dame
collegiate Notre Dame
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Stall of the Notre-Dame
Stall of the Notre-Dame
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Stall of the Notre-Dame
Stall of the Notre-Dame
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Stall of the Notre-Dame
Stall of the Notre-Dame
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baptistery grille of the Notre-Dame
baptistery grille of the Notre-Dame
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the flea market Guiraudet to Villefranche-de-Rouergue
the flea market Guiraudet to Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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bastide Festival in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
bastide Festival in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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