Etymology: "Montgauch" would be the Gascon form of "Montjoie" (last hill of the pilgrimage) and testify to the passage of one of the paths of St-Jacques, in this case the one which linked St Lizier to St Bertrand de Comminges. 

The Romanesque church of Saint-Pierre was built in the XNUMXth century on a simple plan. It was later raised to its current level.

It is a church with three naves ending in an apse and round apses. 
The exterior cornice inspired by Lombard bands is embellished with sculpted modillions, some of which represent animal faces. 

Inside, beautiful frescoes adorn the walls of the apse depicting the cycles of the Passion and the Resurrection. In the choir is painted a scene from the Last Judgment, in dark and vivid colors in the southern tradition.

Paintings cover the cul-de-four where Christ in Majesty is surrounded by saints with two archangels.
The lower part of the apse presents a crucifixion, Christ is on a cross pattée, surrounded by soldiers. The sun and the moon are carried by angels. On each side, the Virgin and Saint John pray and an angry executioner raises a whip. To the right of Saint John three other soldiers are sleeping. These reproductions of apocalyptic themes mixed with anecdotal scenes suggest a dating to the XNUMXth century.
In the last bay of the nave the decoration represents the damned and the Fathers of the Church carrying the chosen ones, which supposes a Last Judgment, hardly visible.

Free visit (outside). Interpretation panels.


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