Auch Travel Guide

  • View From the Upper Town of Stairway
    View From the Upper Town of Stairway
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Auch Things to Do

  • The Old Town Around the Cathedral

    The oldest secular building in the city of Auch is a handsome brick and timber building at the corner of Rue Dessoles which was put up in the 15C and is today the tourist office. The streets around it are part of what is called the Pousterles in one of these we had a fine lunch.

  • Place de la Liberation

    The Pl. de la Liberation is just west of the Cathedral. and is the main thoroughfare of the upper town with the Hotel de Ville at its edge. On the north side of the Cathedral is the Prefecture which now is what was once the archiepiscopal palace which was built in the middle of the 18C.

  • Monumental Staircase

    The most spectacular sight in Auch is the staircase that runs between the upper town near the Cathedral and the the lower town near the Gers River. Part way down there is a flat terrace containing a statue to d'Artgagnan, the town hero. Just a littke north of the stairs stands a 40m tower from the 14C which was an ancient prison, just south of the...

  • Other Furnishings of the Church

    Another important item in the church occupies the axial royal chapel where the corner-stone of the church was set and which contains a "Mise en Tombeau". This sculpture is thought to have been created by Arnaud de Moles before starting on his stained glass windows (only a few years after da Vinci's Cena in Milan). There are also fine works in some...

  • Study the 113 Set of Stalls Surrounding...

    The enormous group of choir stalls was created between 1520 and 1554 by anonymous artists. Most were flamboyant Gothic but some were in later styles. In the early 17C they were enclosed on the east by a reredos. The seat backs each have a statue from the Bible starting with Adam and Eve through Peter and Paul. On the west wall of the choir is a...

  • Large Pieces of Multi-Colored of Glass...

    At the start of the 16C the work of Arnaud de Moles employs larger pieces of colored glass and usually achieves many shades of color in a single piece. The central sections are of human size figures and are clearly realistic persons with embellished features. Most stained glass after this group are known by the names of their creators. In this...

  • Life-Size Stained Glass Figures Surround...

    The eighteen multiple paned stained glass windows fill the long choir outer edge. The series starts at the northwest end with a large pairing of Adam and Eve with the serpent between them. The set continues around the east end to the last of the set at the southwest edge of the choir containing the Resurrection. The next two windows concern Noah,...

  • Eighteen Early 1500 Great Stained Glass...

    Arnaud de Moles was a master glazier from Gascony who created the 18 large lower level stained glass windows around the east chapels of the church. They were made between 1507-13 and are a set, but were only dedicated with the still incomplete church in 1549. Unlike earlier stained glass windows, these were made with large pieces of glass and often...

  • Inside the Cathedral At Auch

    This is an examples of a late Flamboyant Gothic Cathedral started in 1489. The incomplete church was consecrated in 1548 by which time the famous stained glass windows and the choir stalls were in place and the church was used through the transept. The rest of the vessel was only finished in in 1661. The West Towers were added with a carillon by...

  • Visit the Cathedral

    The Cathedral Sainte-Mairie d'Auch was begun in 1489 and completed in 1683. It is essentially flamboyant Gothic with some classic and baroque finishings. The church replaced an earlier Romanesque one which was destroyed by fire. The most famous elements of the church are a set of 113 choir stalls and 62 stained-glass windows and rose windows. The...

  • Auch Cathedral - Arnaud de Moles windows

    Very little is known about 16th Century Gascon artist Arnaud de Moles yet he created one of the great artistic treasures of the Renaissance - the eighteen stained glass windows of Auch cathedral. The whole series, created in or around 1513, also has suspected hidden meanings - a real-life Da Vinci Code if you like - that is still not fully...

  • Place de la Republique

    The square is the focal point of Auch, and around 3 sides are grouped the main municipal and historic buildings along with cafes. The fourth side is the imposing Cathedrale.

  • Rue Dessoles

    The narrow streets of the old town are full of interesting and delightful shops, restaurants and bars.The main produce on display are Armagnac, fois gras, wine and cheese, but there are boutiques and card shops as well.

  • Tour d’Armagnac

    Assuming you make it past the statue of D'Artagnan, half way up the 232 steps of the L'escalier Monumental, you will eventually reach the Tour d’Armagnac.This 14th century tower was once a prison. Unfortunately you can't go inside it, but it dominates the skyline from miles away.

  • Statue of d'Artagnan

    From the banks of the river Gers, a broad flight of 232 steps (L'escalier Monumental) takes you up to the cathedral and the old town. Part way up, the statue of Gascony's favourite fictional son allows you to stop for a breather.There was apparantly a real character called Charles de Batz who was the basis for Alexander Dumas' Fourth Musketeer.

  • Musée de Jacobins or The Museum of Auch

    Created on December 16, 1793, the museum of Auch counts among the oldest museums of France. Today installed in the old Convent of the Jacobins, the museum has a great diversity of collections gathered in five great sections: Antiquities, Art of the Middle Ages, America, Art and artists of South-west; and Art and the popular traditions of...

  • Tour d'Armagnac

    It is impossible to miss the tower of Armagnac.This was an ancient prison... erected to a height of more than 40 meters in the 14th century.

  • Tourist Office

    The tourist office, in the same square as the cathedral, is 15th century and probably one of the most photographed buildings in the Gers. HOURS OPEN: (in practice)Horaires d'ouverture :- Du 2 mai au 14 juillet et du 21 août au 30 septembre du lundi au samedi, de 9h15 (lundi 10h) à 12h et de 14h à 18h30. Dimanche et jours fériés de 10h à...

  • "Les Pousterles"

    In the old part of the town in the upper quarter, the narrow streets, or 'Les Pousterles', are centered on the 'place Salinis', from which you'll have a great view of the Pyrenees.These five tiny winding paths - steep and narrow - were built in the Middle Ages to link the "high" and "low" towns.

  • The Great Staircase

    The 'Escalier Monumental' or great staircase, with its 370 steps, leads down to the 'Le Gers' river and the lower quarter of town.Stop on this wonderful stone stairway to admire the statue of d'Artagnan and to test your knowledge of Latin on the raised bronze letters, set into a terrace, which tell the story of Noah and his ark.


    The Cathedral of Saint Mary was begun in 1489 and completed two centuries later. It contains a 105 meter long nave, 25 meter high ogival vaults, two 44 meter high towers and a magnificent Renaissance facade.While I was there admiring this magnificent Cathedral, inside and out, I noticed a lot of scaffolding around its perimeter. I was told by my...


Auch Hotels

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  • Chateau Les Charmettes

    21 Route De Duran, Auch, 32000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Campanile Auch

    Route de Toulouse - Lieu-dit 'Engachies', Auch, 32000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Ibis Auch

    Avenue Jean Jaures

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Auch Restaurants

  • Cafe Daroles

    There is no shortage of pavement restaurants and cafes in the upper town of Auch, but a favourite is the Cafe Daroles, opposite the Hotel de Ville. It's north-facing terrace manages to stay shady for much of the day and the interior is classic early 20th Century French-cafe-kitsch.They do a standard menu, but also an excellent selection of...

  • Don't Miss These Pastries!!

    A fantastic pastry shop with a small restaurant at the rear. We came here for lunch after our morning at the Cathedral of Saint Mary.The restaurant was nicely tucked away at the back of this establishment ...away from all the clamour out front where people were busy choosing and buying all kinds of pastries and chocolate creations!! I can't recall...

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Auch Transportation


    Here is a closer look at AUCH.This is a map of the central core of the city.The black lozenge with white cross is where the Cathedral of St. Mary is located.Click on the image to get a larger view.

  • MAP of AUCH

    I always like to look at a map before I go anywhere. I am sure most of you do too!!First, I like to see where exactly in the country a city is located, check all the modes of transportation that will get me there, and then purchase a map of the city or town of where I will be staying... to assist me in getting around.Be sure to click on the map to...

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    by Lady_Mystique Updated Nov 7, 2004

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    Most of the shops and boutiques are along rue Dessoles and avenue Alsace.
    You'll find everything from confectionary shops to clothing stores.

    Also consider visiting the 'Caves de l'Hotel de France', rue d'Etigny, for a bottle...or two of ARMAGNAC.

    This place has the best selection of this amazing drink (my FAVOURITE!!) with 1,000 distilleries represented.

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Auch Off The Beaten Path

  • Le Loch Ness Pub

    In the narrow (and I mean narrow) twisty streets of the old town, we found this sign. Unfortunately the place was closed, but we would have loved to have found out what the Auch take on the Scottish legend was. And to have had a drink there...There is a very non-cosmopolitan feel about Auch - it is very French and proud. So this pub is a suprising...


    For those who are not familiar with night markets, they are held in selected villages during the summer holidays and start at around 8 in the evening. There are stalls of all kinds but the main purpose of the evening is to eat out of doors at one of the restaurants set up for the occasion. There is often music and dancing and sometimes street...

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