Monuments – Buildings – Collegiate – Sculptures
- The Roman multi-coloured wooden Christ dating back to the 12th-century was exhibited in the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. This marvellous example of France’s religious heritage can now be viewed in the Thérondels church, open all year round.
- An enigma of funerary art, unique in France: the keystone gisant in St. Thomas of Canterbury’s Church in Mur-de-Barrez, open all year round.
- From Roman art to the Princes of Monaco, to learn more about Carladez’s history, don’t miss the famous European Heritage Days; dates will appear on the calendar in due course.
Churches – Roman Art – Gothic Art – Baroque Art
Church of Albinhac
- 15th- century aisleless Gothic church, with porch.
- The entrance and interior are covered in fascinating and skilfully chiselled figures.
Mystery: sculpture of Death, 15th-century transi, unique in France.
- The village of Albinhac contains several beautiful houses made from local stone (basalt, schist and granite).
A beautiful hiking/biking trail through a valley traversed by the Truyère’s tributaries. A description and IGN (Institut Géographique National) map for the trail are given in the ‘Carladez à pied’ guide.
Church of Rueyres
- Former parish priory dating back to Roman times. Roman chevet.
- The altar table contains an ‘altar stone’ from an altar removed from the Rodez cathedral.
- Viewed from outside: an amazing sculpture on the corner to the right.
Roman Church in Brommes
- 12th-century Roman choir.
- A stone frieze runs around the upper walls.
- See the choir’s external tower with frieze and cornice: exceptional Roman suns, crosses and modillons.
- From the medieval town of Mur-de-Barrez, a hiking/biking trail takes you along the ancient glacial valley to the village of Brommes, and loops round to bring you back through Mur-de-Barrez. A description and IGN (Institut Géographique National) map for the trail are given in the ‘Carladez à pied’ guide.
Church of Murols
- 15th-century church
- Roman choir.
- Seat of a priory under the care of the Bishop of Rodez. Vault rebuilt in the 18th-century.
- Bell-gable containing four bells, one from 1704.
- After you have seen Murols and its flagstone rooves, various trails take you out into the forest, and you can also follow the famous ‘Fire and Wind’ fantasy walk.
Church of Nigresserre
- In the 13th-century the village was called Neira-Serra.
- Seat of a Knights Templar commandery, then of Knights Hospitaller.
- Roman nave. The flat, 15th-century chevet has a bell-tower with canopy.
- Maltese crosses adorn one of the church’s walls and a neighbouring house.
- The cross sculpture in the cemetery is 15th-century.
- In the village square there is a beautiful lime tree, which can be the starting point of a walk across the plateau, through wide, green spaces with the Monts du Cantal in the distance. A description and IGN (Institut Géographique National) map for the trail are given in the ‘Carladez à pied’ guide.
Church of Peyrat
- This 15th-century church has a porch decorated with the Annunciation of two saints. Inside there are:
- A 16th-century font
- In the right-hand chapel there is a popular painting showing Saint Agnes, all from the 17th-century.
And from Peyrat you can continue exploring the region’s heritage, along a short trail that takes you to the
- Château de Messilhac. A description and IGN (Institut Géographique National) map for the trail are given in the ‘Carladez à pied’ guide.
Chapel of the Monastery of Saint Clare Monastery
In Mur-de-Barrez on the same street as the church, there is the convent of the Poor Clares. In the chapel there is a San Damiano Cross of the ‘icon’ variety.
The Monastery of Saint Clare sometimes opens to the public in summertime, and the nuns give guided tours; dates are in the calendar.
The chapel is very close to the northern gate of the Mur-de-Barrez fortress. Take a stroll and discover the history of this medieval town, once a fief of the Princes of Monaco, who gave it its most emblematic building, the Tour de Monaco and the Porte du Midi.
Chapel of Manhaval
Late 11th-century Roman chapel.
Interior probably 18th-century.
Side-chapel possibly 19th-century
The pretty village contains traditional flagstone-rooved houses.
Beautiful Manhaval can be the starting point of a dreamy walk through the calm of an idyllic valley; a description and IGN (Institut Géographique National) map for the trail are given in the ‘Carladez à pied’ guide.
Chapel of Notre Dame de Lez
Built in the 18th-century.
Legend has it that the statue of the Virgin Mary was found by shepherds in the hollow of an old chestnut tree. It is thus a destination for pilgrims at the start of September, see the calendar.
Chapel of Laussac
The chapel was built on the Laussac peninsula in the year 1000, and is all that remains of a monastery founded by Saint Gausbert, whose remains are kept inside the chapel.
From this unique place you can follow trails that take you up high to exceptional views across the Sarrans dam and the beautiful village of Laussac.