Cahors, a city with a thriving past, as evidenced by the famous Valentré Bridge, a fortified work of art with three towers, listed as a World Heritage Site by the U.N.E.S.C.O. as part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
Cahors is the undisputed capital of taste and good life: black wine, truffles, foie gras and so many other Quercy products are to be discovered here.
A very rich heritage to discover...
One of the great attractions of Cahors is its old quarter, which has been given protection under the protected sectors created by André Malraux. In 2005, the Ministry of Culture awarded Cahors the label City of Art and History.
Cahors has chosen to promote its rich heritage: visits, conferences, workshops, educational activities, exhibitions and publications are offered throughout the year. The Valentré Bridge is the most beautiful and best-preserved fortified structure in Europe. It is part of the network of remarkable bridges in the southwest. Three bridges were built in the 14th century to cross the Lot in Cahors, the Valentré Bridge in the west, the only one preserved, served a new quarter of the city. This emblematic building was built by consular decree in 1306 and its construction was spread out until about 1380.
According to legend, Satan helped build the Pont Valentré
The Henri Martin Museum, a local painter, renovated by Laurent Guillot, offers art exhibitions, Hartung or Olivier Debré, as well as other places in the city, such as the Chantrerie with exhibitions of contemporary art, the FLAC, Sanfourche, Patrick Moya, Didier Chamizo and Bernard Pras in 2007 or the Grenier du Chapître.
The mayor of Cahors, Jean-Marc Vayssouze-Faure, who attaches great importance to the cultural dimension of his city, was very proud of the purchase by City Hall in spring 2012 of 16 paintings by Henri Martin.
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