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The Saint-Jacques church

Historic site and monument, Religious heritage, Church in Montauban
  • Elle est avec le pont Vieux le seul vestige médiéval de la ville...

  • Following complete repair work on the roof of the nave, the Saint-Jacques church, an emblematic monument of the city's built heritage, is closed to the public.

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    This church has its origins from the foundation of Montauban. Its presence is attested in 1147 by a donation made by the knight Pierre de Penne to the abbey of Saint-Théodard: three houses located "near the church of Saint Jacques". -ci being rebuilt in the following century by the...
    Following complete repair work on the roof of the nave, the Saint-Jacques church, an emblematic monument of the city's built heritage, is closed to the public.

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    This church has its origins from the foundation of Montauban. Its presence is attested in 1147 by a donation made by the knight Pierre de Penne to the abbey of Saint-Théodard: three houses located "near the church of Saint Jacques". -ci being rebuilt in the following century by the great Montalbanaise families, in expiation of their sympathies for the Cathars. An exemplary monument of southern Gothic architecture, it has a vast single vaulted nave on ribbed vaults, narrow windows, a polygonal apse and a Toulouse-style bell tower. Transformed into a watchtower (bell tower), workshop for manufacturing saltpeter (nave) and fort (choir) during the Wars of Religion, the facade of the Saint-Jacques church still bears the traces of cannonballs from the siege of 1621. After the Catholic reconquest (1629), Richelieu ordered the identical reconstruction of the church. A cathedral time (1629-1739), it was provided in the 18th century with new side gates and a gallery. Its facade received a neo-Romanesque decor in the 19th century, while the nave and the choir were adorned with wall decorations. OPENING HOURS: In summer from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. In winter from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Religious services on Sunday at 10.15 a.m. and 6 p.m.)