Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Point de vue et table d'orientation à Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Calvary St Jean d'Aigremont; the view of the city.

Legend attributes to the Romans the construction of the Pont de l'Alzou, which provides access to Calvary. It is based on the existence of a Roman road which led from Segodunum – Rodez – To head towards Divona – Cahors.

It dominates Villefranche from the top of its 400 m altitude.

Difficult to access - hence the name "aigre-mont" - this place which has the characteristics of an oppidum and where we find traces of mining, is home to a small Romanesque church, the The Saint Jean d'Aigremont church adjoins a small cemetery.

On this site there was also another chapel, dedicated to the Holy Sepulchre, built in 1715 by a hermit, Father Célestin Lacombe.

During the Revolution, the hill became "mountain of the eternal" and in 1794, this chapel was demolished. In 1821, a rich widow, Mrs. Rouziés-Labastide, to satisfy a wish of her late husband, decided to have a new chapel of the Holy Sepulcher built at her own expense. The building is the one that can be seen from Villefranche.


To get there: either on foot (20 min walk from the Alzou bridge); either by car (direction Compolibat – Le Calvaire – Le Mauron – D47)

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  • Landscaped viewpoint
  • Orientation table

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12200 Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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