Saint-Gaudens

Multimedia library, a cultural tool

In mid-March 2014 opened M&C, a complex comprising a new multimedia library and a Music School in the heart of St Gaudens. The new building regroups two different but complementary cultural entities housed up to then in obsolete premises. The new equipment, launched by the Community of Communes of Saint-Gaudinois is a 3,000 m2 building on several levels. The Guy Laffite Music School, named after a celebrated St Gaudens-born jazzman, comprises some 20 rooms dedicated to varied musical and vocal practices. The library side is divided in three parts – a multimedia space sheltering the Comminges Studies Society (a local history research society), a space for the grown-ups and a room for children and teenagers. M&C also includes an exhibition hall and a 111-seated auditorium.

Saint-Gaudens also works in partnership with:
> Pronomade(s) in Haute-Garonne, national centre of street arts www.pronomades.org> La Chapelle Saint-Jacques, centre of contemporary arts. www.lachapelle-saint-jacques.com> and proposes a cultural programme at the Jean-Marmignon theatre. propose www.stgo.fr

Web sites

Saint-Gaudens © Laure TabaryLe Musée de Saint-Gaudens et sa collection de Bleu de Valentine © JEAN ALEXANDRE LAHOCSINSZKYDépart du Grand Prix 1932 © Ville de Saint-Gaudens
Stage town for the 14th time
Haute-Garonne (31)
Population : 12,500 inhabitants (Saint-Gaudinois), 23,000 habitants in the 21 communes of the Saint-Gaudinois Community of Communes
Economy : Wallpaper production (Fibre Excellence), Small-Medium sized businesses and industry (Sercel, Giuliani, Cassagne, Pyréthem), Offshoots of the Haut-Garonne General Council, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of
Agriculture, Chamber of Employment
Culture : theatre, Centre of modern art in the Chapelle Saint - Jacques (XVIII century), museum, Youth and Culture Centre, Les Promonades (National Centre of Street Arts), Music conservatory, Library, Saint-Gaudens Carnival, Jazz in Comminges
Sports : 80 sports associations, rugby 15s and 13s, Women's International Tennis Tournament, the Route du Sud, Comminges Speed Car Race
Sustainable Development : systematic development of cycle lanes during roadworks free electric shuttle between the train station and town centre car parks, free Movigo (nine lines in total of which four serve the town and five the
outskirts), Movibus (free transport for people of reduced mobility), cycle route along the Garonne
Labels : ville ludique et sportive de France (fun and sporty city), 2 flowers

Van Impe's bottle

Saint-Gaudens is one of several Pyrenean cities whose name is well known to cycling fans. In 1955, Louison Bobet conquered the yellow jersey that was to make him the first rider to win three Tours in succession. Close to several classic passes of the Pyrenees, the town held nine stage finishes and twelve starts, the last one in 2011. In 1970, Bernard Thevenet started from St Gaudens to win its first stage victory in La Mongie. It is also after a start from St Gaudens that Lucien Van Impe, in 1976, had left Joop Zoetemelk more than three minutes off the pace and had built up his final Tour victory in St Lary-Soulan. As soon as the start in St Gaudens, the Belgian climber knew what to expect: “When I'm in form, I drink very little, it's bad for the stomach. This morning, I left St Gaudens with just one bottle and it's still half-full,” he said on the finish line.

Stage town for the 14th time
Haute-Garonne (31)
Population : 12,500 inhabitants (Saint-Gaudinois), 23,000 habitants in the 21 communes of the Saint-Gaudinois Community of Communes
Economy : Wallpaper production (Fibre Excellence), Small-Medium sized businesses and industry (Sercel, Giuliani, Cassagne, Pyréthem), Offshoots of the Haut-Garonne General Council, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of
Agriculture, Chamber of Employment
Culture : theatre, Centre of modern art in the Chapelle Saint - Jacques (XVIII century), museum, Youth and Culture Centre, Les Promonades (National Centre of Street Arts), Music conservatory, Library, Saint-Gaudens Carnival, Jazz in Comminges
Sports : 80 sports associations, rugby 15s and 13s, Women's International Tennis Tournament, the Route du Sud, Comminges Speed Car Race
Sustainable Development : systematic development of cycle lanes during roadworks free electric shuttle between the train station and town centre car parks, free Movigo (nine lines in total of which four serve the town and five the
outskirts), Movibus (free transport for people of reduced mobility), cycle route along the Garonne
Labels : ville ludique et sportive de France (fun and sporty city), 2 flowers

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Places to see

Saint-Gaudens Collegial church

The collegial church dedicated to St Pierre and St Gaudens is a magnificent Romanesque building of the 11th and 12th centuries. Located on a road to Compostella, it was built by talented craftsmen and companions. To se: the nave and the tribunes, the carved Romanesque chapters, the organ and the Aubusson tapestries, the 12th century chrism, the cloister and the chapter room.
www.tourisme-stgaudens.com

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges

The St Mary cathedral in Saint-Bertrand de Comminges is renowned for its elegant Romanesque and Gothic architecture (11th and 12th centuries). The Renaissance stained-glass windows, the choir and its sculpted stalls, the 16th century organ are all remarkable. The cathedral is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
www.tourisme-haute-garonne.com

St Just de Valcabrere

The 12th century St Just de Valcabrere basilica is one of the best examples of the Pyrenean Romanesque art. Its sober elegance is still striking today, as well as its many reused stones collected from the nearby Roman city.
www.tourisme-haute-garonne.com

Gallo-Roman villa in Montmaurin

Discovered in 1946, the villa was built in the middle of the first century. It is one of the largest Roman ‡villas discovered in France. Its buildings covered 19 ha and it comprised some 200 rooms. Decorated with marble and mosaics, its windows were glazed and the rooms were central-heated.
www.monum.fr.

Caves of Gargas

Gargas is a painted pre-historical cave unique in the world. Some 200 prints of hands can be found on its walls. The art of Gargas dates essentially from the Gravettian age, between 29,000 and 22,000 years before our era. Nesplori@ offers a digital presentation of the cave and its art, helping understand what our ancestors were trying to tell.
www.numerigrottes-pyrenees.fr

La Collégiale de Saint-Gaudens et son cloître © Ville de Saint-GaudensLa cathédrale de Saint-Bertrand de Comminges © Ville de Saint-GaudensLa basilique de Saint-Just de Valcabrère © Ville de Saint-GaudensLa villa gallo-romaine de Montmaurin © Ville de Saint-GaudensLes grottes de Gargas © Ville de Saint-Gaudens
Stage town for the 14th time
Haute-Garonne (31)
Population : 12,500 inhabitants (Saint-Gaudinois), 23,000 habitants in the 21 communes of the Saint-Gaudinois Community of Communes
Economy : Wallpaper production (Fibre Excellence), Small-Medium sized businesses and industry (Sercel, Giuliani, Cassagne, Pyréthem), Offshoots of the Haut-Garonne General Council, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of
Agriculture, Chamber of Employment
Culture : theatre, Centre of modern art in the Chapelle Saint - Jacques (XVIII century), museum, Youth and Culture Centre, Les Promonades (National Centre of Street Arts), Music conservatory, Library, Saint-Gaudens Carnival, Jazz in Comminges
Sports : 80 sports associations, rugby 15s and 13s, Women's International Tennis Tournament, the Route du Sud, Comminges Speed Car Race
Sustainable Development : systematic development of cycle lanes during roadworks free electric shuttle between the train station and town centre car parks, free Movigo (nine lines in total of which four serve the town and five the
outskirts), Movibus (free transport for people of reduced mobility), cycle route along the Garonne
Labels : ville ludique et sportive de France (fun and sporty city), 2 flowers

Web sites

Partners of Le Tour