Visit Fleurance in 3 emblematic places

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The Gers is truly a flagship destination for holidays. In addition to its very famous gastronomy, this department offers visitors many reasons to take the time to walk there and discover villages steeped in history or benefiting from a rich heritage.

Fleurance is one of its villages where it is good to stop. The Fleurantine bastide dates from the 13th century, it is built on a hill. At first, a wooden enclosure closes the village and protects it, then, a few years later, the wooden palisades become brick walls. At the end of the 18th century, the ramparts were demolished. We suggest 3 beautiful places to discover during your visit to Fleurence.


Fleurance
Fleurance  Fleurance

An overview of what awaits you in Fleurance

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The town hall

Les Halles, a charming element of Fleurance

A central heritage and architectural element of Fleurance, the hall-town hall facing you is not the first to have been built in the town. Indeed, the original one was unfortunately burnt down in 1833. Less than five years later, the new one was built and replaced it.

Did you know ? the name of Fleurance was strongly influenced by one of the most beautiful European cities: Florence!


The town hall

The hall-town hall, central place of Fleurance


With its pretty arcades (7 in number per side), it housed several municipal services. These were upstairs. Thus, space and volumes were optimized. On one of the facades, you can see a balcony, as well as a pediment, itself surmounted by a campanile.


The facade with its campanile and its pediment

In the distance, the facade with its campanile and its pediment


And, if you take the time to go all around this building built on a square plan, you will notice 4 fountains decorated with cast iron statues (one at each corner). These statues each represent one of the 4 seasons.


One of the 4 fountain statues

One of the 4 fountain statues

The traditional market

The halls are home to a pretty, colorful and shimmering market every week. This takes place every Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On the stalls, you will find a whole host of local specialities, ranging from the famous white garlic from Saint-Clar de Lomagne, to poultry products from Gers, via melons from Lectoure, or even prunes from Agen (fr).


The traditional market of Fleurance
The traditional market of Fleurance  The traditional market of Fleurance

Enjoy a moment of sharing and local specialties

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St. Lawrence Church

In the southern Gothic style, and built between the 14th and 16th centuries, the Saint-Laurent church in Fleurance has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1907. The bell tower refers to the bell towers usually built in the Toulouse style. What differentiates this church from those in the Toulouse region is the use of brick combined with stone.

Did you know ? A major astronomy festival takes place in Fleurance in August. We also recommend that you visit the Ferme des Étoiles in Fleurance (fr), to learn more about the stars and have the opportunity to make beautiful observations in the sky so pure and clear in the region.


St. Lawrence Church


Inside, 3 stained glass windows, located behind the choir face an exceptional organ. The three stained glass windows represent scenes from the Old Testament and were made in 1505. Moreover, all the stained glass windows are the fruit of the work of master glassmaker Arnaud de Moles.


St. Lawrence Church  St. Lawrence Church


The organ, meanwhile, dates from the 19th century and is a real gem with 1816 pipes. This organ is so exceptional that the church of Mirande asked for a copy of it to be made.

Fleurance lake

If you want to enjoy a relaxing and green place, go to Lac de Fleurance. This place is also a perfect place to practice nautical and sports activities. Indeed, you can go walking (or walking depending on the level), running, tennis or even fishing. Since the beginning of 2022, the leisure center has been labeled "Family course" by the National Fishing Federation. Arrangements have been made to benefit from this distinction.

The good idea Read our article on leisure bases and places to swim in the Gers.


Fleurance lake  Fleurance lake

Welcome to Lake Fleurance


You also have play areas, a book box, and picnic tables. Everything has been planned to spend a pleasant, friendly moment, in an idyllic setting. This haven of peace is therefore perfect for family outings, sports or not.


Lac de Fleurance book box

The book box, for young and old


It is on this natural note that our visit to Fleurance ends. Hoping that all these places have given you the desire to come and visit this beautiful place during your stay in the Gers.


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Article and photos prepared by Charline Prod'Homme for the Guide du Gers


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