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A venerable historic landmark with a Romanesque façade, home to both religious and artistic institutions

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Church of the Holy Cross

An evocative former abbey with a tumultuous past.

Chronicles record that Benedictine monks founded a small abbey outside the city walls in the 6th century. It was sacked during Saracen raids and rebuilt by the Carolingians, then sacked again during the 9th century before being rebuilt under Franco-Navarran count Guillaume Sanche of Gascony. The floor plan is laid out in the form of a Latin cross with five bays along its length, an apse in the shape of a polygon, and a Romanesque façade. No longer an abbey, for many years in addition to a parish church the building is also home to a school of fine arts.



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