Ancient Cossium was located on the ancient Roman road Bordeaux-Toulouse and was the birthplace of the father of the Latin poet Ausone. Bazas was a stronghold from the 4th century and a bishopric from the 5th century. Very early on, Bazas had an important religious building and in the 11th century, Pope Urban II came to consecrate a new place of worship. In the 13th century, it was the turn of the powerful bishop Arnaud de Pins to restore the cathedral in a Gothic style. An important trading centre, the city was in the Middle Ages a stopover on the roads to Santiago de Compostela, as well as a stake between the English and the French during the Hundred Years' War. From the 16th to the 19th century, the town was known for its glass factories, fine examples of which can be seen in the collections of the apothecary of the Saint-Antoine hospital. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Saint-Michel earthenware factory benefited from the quality of the local clay. The tanneries used water from local springs during the same periods. A town full of charm, Bazas is today a key stopover in the South Gironde, especially for gourmets who appreciate its famous "boeuf gras". This true institution of the Gironde terroir gives rise to the "Fête des Boeufs Gras" every Thursday before Mardi Gras.

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