Travel to the Canal de Garonne

Day 3 Castelsarrasin - Valance d´Agen

(in 55 km.) Castelsarrasin: We left our base camp in Agen and we drive until the point of the greenway where we left off yesterday, at the height of Castelsarrasin. We left there all the cars and move the entire group cycling, passing by the locks St-Jean-des-Vignes, Artel et les Verriès, and just before the lock of Cacor, over a mile to reach Moissac, we crossed the canal Bridge of Cacor. It is a bridge of 356 meters in length, carried by 15 arches, that enables the Canal de Garonne crossing over the River Tarn.

Canal Bridge of the Cacor over the Tarn river

Canal Bridge of the Cacor over the Tarn river

(in 9 km.) Moissac: We arrived at Moissac where we will do one of the most interesting cultural visits of the trip: the Abbey St.Pierre. It highlights the tympanum and the cloister. The Abbey of Moissac with its cloister is part of properties inscribed on the Route of Santiago de Compostela in France, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998. The tympanum, made in the twelfth century, illustrates the vision of St. John about the Apocalypse in a profusion of expressive details. Built between 1110 and 1130, has at its center a Christ who rests his feet on a sea of glass. This figure, usually used to decorate the Romanesque tympanums, is surrounded by symbols of the four evangelists.

Moissac - The tympanum of the Moissac Abbey

Moissac - The tympanum of the Moissac Abbey

An inscription allows us to date the cloister in 1100. With dimensions of 31 by 27 meters, consists of four galleries in which the arches fall on a series of marble columns. Contains a total of 116 columns, alterning single ones with double columns that support the arches of the four galleries. The capitals are carved on all four sides, true masterpieces of Romanesque, illustrating themes of Genesis, Childhood of Christ and other biblical scenes, plus floral themes, animals and characters, among others.

Moissac - Cloister of the Abbey of St.Pierre

Moissac - Cloister of the Abbey of St.Pierre

(in 17 km.) Valance d´Agen: After visiting the abbey, drivers undo the path traveled by bicycle to go find the car. The rest of the group advances with the bike until Valance d´Agen, passing through the locks of Espagnettes, Petit Bézy, Malause, Braguel y Pommevic. We found everyone again in Valance and, before returning to our accommodation, we do a small tour of this city to visit its famous lavoirs. We crossed the bridge over the Canal de Garonne that leads to the city center and immediately we found on rue Saint-Bernard the first of the lavoirs, the St. Bernard, from 1807.

Valance d'Agen - Lavoir Saint Bernard

Valance d´Agen - Lavoir Saint Bernard

To the left, by the Allée de Fontaines, we find the lavoir Théron, the oldest of the three of the city, from the late eighteenth century. We follow the Allée de Pé de Gleyze and found the third llavoir, nineteenth century. In addition to the lavoirs, the city center include the church of Notre-Dame and Place Nationale noted for the arcades and the Halle located in the center of the square. Something further from the center are the pigeon on the Place du Colombier and the Hôpital local.

Valance d'Agen - Lavoir Théron

Valance d´Agen - Lavoir Théron

(in 28 km.) Agen: We returned to our accommodation.