'La Collegiale' was built in the XIV C. by Arnaud of With. It was registered in 1999 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
This group of buildings boasts a wonderful cloister; a church with its Sacristy; its frescoes; and two 33 m. towers.
After climbing the 136 steps you will be rewarded with an exceptional panoramic view of the surrounding area.
Un paysage merveilleux!!
In the pic:
La Romieu's 14th century Collegiate as seen from a field of sunflowers...a common sight in the Gers region of SW France in late summer.
Be sure to have a good, close look at the stained-glass windows....
...without them a special kind of celestial magic would be missing.
...I came up as close as I could to get a better picture.
I wish I could have gone up to the balcony.
...along one wall of the church I came across a very touching memorium....
On the plaque it reads:
To Our Children
Who Died for France
Victims of the War
Here's a typical street in la Romieu.
Actually, this one here is probably one of the widest.
Most are very narrow...you could easily walk through with your arms stretched out and touch the homes on both sides!
The best way to get a good feel for this most charming village is to see it from as many different angles as possible...
We climbed a tower in one ancient building and were rewarded with a glorious view of the surrounding countryside.
Upon walking and wandering through La Romieu I discovered how much the residents seemed to care for every inch of land in and around this lovely village.
Even the outside edges, the 'back alleys" were planted with beautiful flowers and aesthetically designed.