At the foot of the Couserans mountains, the City of art and history of Saint-Lizier, is a living memory of the great era of the pilgrimage to Compostela and a stopover on the "Chemins du Piémont" (GR78). As such, its main monuments are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. It is also part of the "major sites Occitanie collection Ariège"

The Romanesque church dedicated to Saint Lizier dates from the 1117th century. It was consecrated in XNUMX.

The chevet constitutes the most remarkable part of the building with a multitude of Gallo-Roman re-uses. The central apse and the choir bay are entirely decorated with a set of exceptional Romanesque frescoes, constituting "the first large Romanesque paintings to have come down to us for the Pyrenean region" (John Ottaway +, CNCM researcher)
These paintings, among the oldest to be preserved in the Pyrenean region (end of the 1060th century), are probably the work of a workshop of Italian origin who worked in Saint-Lizier around 1080-XNUMX and whose influences can be found. in Catalonia.

The decoration is made up of two registers: the lower register with a cycle of the Incarnation and the upper register representing a college of apostles where one can distinguish Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

An impressive Christ in Majesty dating from the XNUMXth century crowns this beautiful painted ensemble. In the Gothic nave, with the typical decoration of Toulouse churches, one can notice a beautiful XNUMXth century stained glass window to the south and at the back of the church, the renovated XNUMXth century organ.

The octagonal red brick bell tower is in the Toulouse style, it was added in the XNUMXth century.
Open all year, free entry

Guided tour: Grand Visite - Saint-Lizier Cathedral, Romanesque cloister, Bishops' Treasure, XNUMXth century pharmacy
Summer season several departures per day from 10:30 am. Guided tour from April to October for groups by reservation.


Couserans Pyrenees

On the western part of Ariège, the Couserans and its 18 valleys is a vast territory divided between high mountains, mountains and [...]


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  • Playground
  • Aire de pique-nique
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
  • Restaurant
  • Meeting room
  • Marked trails
  • Access for disabled


  • Camera allowed


  • Drinking water point


  • Groups of 14 to 50 people welcome