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Saint Jacques Church

place of worship full of stories
Located in the historic center and emblem of resistance, it retains an old-fashioned charm and remains a privileged place in the heart of the Montalbanais.
Its bell tower points to the sky and attracts us even before crossing the Pont Vieux, from the quays of Villebourbon on the other side of the Tarn.
Approach and admire the colorful mosaic of La Vision on the facade. If you look up, discover the stigmata of the Wars of Religion, with the impacts of cannonballs clearly visible!

Cradle of the 400 blows

The Saint-Jacques church becomes the seat of a true “civil religion”. The consuls are elected there and the important decisions of the city taken. During the Wars of Religion, the church was transformed into a fortified position. During the 4-month siege by Louis XVIII’s troops in 1621, Montauban resisted the king. The church has seen traces of cannonballs ever since.

In 1629, Cardinal Richelieu celebrated a Te Deum there for the victory of Louis XIII.

Did you know?

Of the first building there is no evidence left. The church has its origins from the founding of Montauban.

Its presence is attested in 1147 by a donation from the Chevalier Pierre de Penne to the Abbey of Saint-Théodard. Its plan was to be relatively simple: a single, rectangular nave with a flat apse.

The building was rebuilt from 1241 and enlarged within the limit available in the urban grid, which explains the proximity of the church to the rest of the dwellings.

It has a large single nave with five straight bays, closed by a seven-sided apse.