A major stop on the Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela, bordered by the river Tarn and the Canal, Moissac is a jewel of Romanesque art in France.
This town enjoys international fame thanks to its Abbey and cloister, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list due to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route. Founded in the 7th century. Moissac Abbey was for centuries a major influence. Built in the year 1100, the cloister’s four galleries boast 76 superbly decorated capitals. The tympanum is considered a masterpiece of Romanesque sculpture.
Abbaye St Pierre de Moissac
From its attractive marina, Moissac is the starting point for strolls along the Canal des Deux Mers, the extension of the Canal du Midi, linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Dotted along are several interesting structures such as the Canal Bridge, The Mill (now an hotel) and the Uvarium, an Art Deco kiosk.
Moissac is the premier fruit producer in the Tarn-et-Garonne and famed for its AOC table grape, the Chasselas. Grown on the hills around the town, harvested in September, it gives rise to joyous celebration.
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TO SEE/TO DO
- Saint Peter’s Abbey and its cloister
- The churches of Saint Martin and Saint Catherine
- Art Deco
- The Canal Bridge, named Cacor
- The Green Cycle Path and the hills
- The Chasselas Grape Festival
- The River Tarn Festival
- The View Point
- Hiking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela