Villeneuve-sur-Lot has the Gascon pride of sub-chiefs. With a constantly growing population, the city is having fun and experimenting: green taxis, shopping, gastronomy, events, everything is there. Culturally, Villeneuve has been pampered by Georges Leygues, Minister of the Navy under the Third Republic, who gave his town an eponymous theatre. And what a theatre! The programming is explosive and the city has a ripple effect, as the city no longer counts its festivals, including the Salon du Livre and the Festival du Rire. In the summer, the bars on the boulevard... Georges Leygues competes with ingenuity to offer you concerts or other events, all tables outside. If you're lucky, you might be able to meet Carmen Chaplin, actress and granddaughter of, whose family musician has taken up residence on the heights of Fumel.

Historically, Villeneuve is certainly the most beautiful bastide - and moreover riverside - of the department, doubled by an excellent archaeological mille-feuilles. From the Gallo-Roman remains to the new town hall built at the end of the 90s, the Villeneuvois do not like mediocrity. Situated on a crossroads of Roman roads (Eysses), the town will slowly germinate from the 11th to the 13th century, thanks to the installation of the Benedictine abbey which will drain a whole range of related craft activities. In 1253, Alphonse de Poitiers, Count of Toulouse, founded a double bastide on the banks of the river, on the right bank he "negotiated" with the abbot of Eysses, and on the left bank he reached an agreement with the lord of Pujols. The city was then used as a stronghold for the Haut-Agenais: only the two imposing gates of Paris and Pujols remain today. Of a rebellious nature, the villeneuvois was punished in the 17th century, forced to demolish its fortifications by royal order, fortifications of which nothing remains. In 1642, the Old Bridge was rebuilt following floods that had caused the collapse of two of its arches. It was once surmounted by three defensive towers, built in the 13th century and destroyed in the 16th century. A port of considerable importance, Villeneuve-sur-Lot built at the same time an adjacent chapel, Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont, a small jewel intended for the drivers of gabarres, the flat-bottomed boats that carried goods on the capricious Lot River. Place Lafayette, formerly Place des Cornières, is the nerve centre of the right bank bastide. Since the Middle Ages it has been the site of the very pleasant market on Tuesdays and Saturdays mornings, and in the evenings in the summer, many events take place there: concerts, gourmet markets etc. The arcades of the square are surmounted by finely restored 17th and 18th century houses, which contrast with the historical destitution of the more popular Left Bank, once supplied with tanners, dyers, tailors and other traders. That said, the left bank of the Lot is home to the baroque style Chapel of the White Penitents, a former place of worship of the brotherhood of the same name. At the end of the 19th century, galloping industrialisation prompted the construction of a second bridge: the Pont Neuf, made entirely of brick and soon imitated, at the beginning of the 20th century by the imposing Roman-Byzantine style church of Sainte-Catherine, designed to replace the old 12th century church, which was considered too dilapidated. Vestiges of this forced modernization, the stained glass windows of the new church are partly period! If you are looking for the best viewpoint, Le Petit Fûté can't advise you too much to take the Basterou bridge, the latest addition to the Bastide, which will offer you an exceptional view of both banks: the Cale (open-air amphitheatre on the banks of the Lot) on the right, and the nautical centre on the left, but also on the string of bridges. For lovers of panoramic views, the bell tower of the Sainte-Catherine church or the Pujols belvedere will be more than appreciated.

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