How often have you been to the market at Saint Antonin Noble Val or sat in the Café de la Halle and looked at the Maison Romane : the 12th century Romanesque building opposite, with the Viollet Le Duc 19th-century Tuscan-style tower? Well now you can go inside and see the unique medieval sculptures close up and learn more about the history and restoration of the building. Built in 1150 it is the oldest municipal building in France and the façade boasts some really fine 12th century sculptures similar those at the abbey at Moissac.
For those of you interested in local history, the Société des Amis du Vieux Saint Antonin (SAVSA), with the Office de Tourisme, are this summer starting some guided tours of the Maison Romane. First visit is this Saturday 7th July. You have to reserve with the Office de Tourisme in the rue de la Pelisserie between La Halle & the Maison de Presse or phone them on 05 63 30 63 47.
Tours start at 14h and 15.30, cost just 3,50€ p.p. and are limited to 18 people per visit. Further dates are 4th August and 25th August. On each occasion there will 3-4 volunteers from SAVSA including at least one English-speaking to guide you - I shall be there all 3 dates to guide any English speakers. There are also visits planned for 27th July and 17th August, English-speaking guides to be confirmed.
Don't miss this great chance. See those beautiful sculptures close up from the first floor and get the back story. Come and support us! Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested: friends, family, rental guests etc who may be coming this summer.