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The Saint-Jacques church
Historic site and monument , Church at Montauban
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It is with the Old bridge the only medieval vestige of the city ...
This church finds its origins from the founding of Montauban. Its presence is attested in 1147 by a donation made by the knight Pierre de Penne to the abbey of Saint-Théodar... It is with the Old bridge the only medieval vestige of the city ...
This church finds its origins from the founding 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".
Of the first church, there remains no testimony, this one being rebuilt in the following century by the great Montalbanese families, in expiation of their sympathies for the Cathars.
An exemplary monument of southern Gothic architecture , it has a vast single vaulted nave crossed by ribs, narrow windows, a polygonal apse and a Toulouse-style bell tower.
Transformed into a watchtower (bell tower), a saltpeter (nave) and fortin (choir) workshop during the Wars of Religion,
the Saint-Jacques church still bears traces of cannonballs from the siege of 1621 on the front.
After the Catholic reconquest (1629), Richelieu ordered the identical reconstruction of the church.
A cathedral era (1629-1739), it was equipped in the 18th century with new side gates and a gallery. Its façade received a neo-Romanesque decor in the 19th century, while the nave and the choir were adorned with wall decorations.
BUSINESS HOURS :
In summer 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 Sunday at 10.15 a.m. and 6 p.m.)