Lectoure ( French pronunciation: ; [lɛktuʀ] Occitan: Leitora ) is a [lejˈtuɾɔ] commune in the Gers department in the Midi-Pyrénées in southwestern France.
It is located 32 km (20 mi) north of
Auch, the capital of the department, 30 km (19 mi) south of Agen and approximately 76 km (47 mi) northwest of Toulouse.
History [ edit ]
Lectoure was a prehistoric
oppidum, capital of Lactorates.The barbarian invasions successive forcing residents to reconsider the height, to raise the walls and make Lectoure a stronghold for centuries.
Geography [ edit ]
The village is located on the right bank of the
Gers, which flows north through the western part of the commune. The river Auroue forms part of the commune's southeastern and northeastern borders.
Population [ edit ]
Lectoure has been designated as a "
town of art and history" (French: Villes et Pays d'Art et d'Histoire) by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication since 1985. The town hall was built between 1676 and 1682 by bishop Hugues de Bar.
Way of St. James [ edit ]
Lectoure is a town on the
Via Podiensis, one of the three major French arms of the Way of St. James. This route is followed by those making the pilgrimage from Le Puy by way of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostella in northwest Spain. Pilgrims arrive at Lectoure after Miradoux and next pass through La Romieu.
Cuisine [ edit ]
Armagnac and foie gras are available and popular delicacies.
Personalities [ edit ]
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