The Romanesque church of Sainte-Marie
Admirably preserved, it was built between the 9th and 11th centuries on the foundations of a Merovingian building. The update under the old sacristy of sarcophagi from this period bears witness to this. A 15th century Pieta in polychrome wood, found in the west tower, is on display in the Agen museum. In the trefoil chevet, the dome surmounting the choir is adorned with 16th century frescoes representing the four evangelists.
Adjacent to the church, you can see the castle, a former property of the Galard family in the mid-14th century (see header photo). Heavily damaged by fire in 1784, it was largely rebuilt to take its current form. It is a place of exhibitions but also a well-known accommodation and reception center in the region. Near the castle, observe the Gascon-style granary. It has just been restored.
Like all the villages of the hillsides, Aubiac had its mills. The millers changed their profession a long time ago, but the mills remain. There are two windward, route des moulins. The third water is below the village on the capricious Crestian stream. And before the washing machines existed, the ladies frequented the two laundries: the one in Champagne on the edge of CD 931, the other on the opposite side on the Crestian. What haven’t they heard from these washhouses, unique places of communication in our villages? We talked about everything and the rest … Although restored, they have kept their secrets.
And then, as you climb the Chemin de Marron, you will notice a grove on the left. It hides the ruins of the old chapel known as the “Gleysette”. It is a place known to the Aubiacais. Excavations have brought to light an excellent bronze horse exhibited at the Agen museum. Popular legends are attached to this place. There, treasures would be buried and on All Saints’ Day, we say that we hear the bells ringing underground … In short, this village, like many other villages in Gascony, has retained this charm and these characters which are the richness of our patrimony.