Cradle of the 400 Blows
The church of Saint-Jacques became the seat of a true “civil religion“. The consuls were elected there and the important decisions of the city were made. 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. It is since, that the church bears the traces of cannonballs.
In 1629, the Cardinal of Richelieu celebrated a Te Deum there for the victory of Louis XIII.