Figeac – The city connected to the pyramids

Figeac is located in the Célé valley, a tributary of the Lot, at the crossroads of the Ségala, Quercy and Limargue plateaus. It is surrounded by a diversity of terroirs, which has enabled it to produce a wide variety of agricultural products, and has always given it a central role as a city of markets and fairs, making it a stopover on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Second largest town in the LotFigeac will seduce you with the richness and beauty of its heritage.

Its historic center, shaped by the Middle Ages, is home to a remarkable number of merchants’ houses with carved facades. These restored homes bear witness to the wealth of the town, which traded with the whole of France and with the major Mediterranean ports.

Overlooking the Place des Écritures, the Musée Champollion – Les Écritures du Monde – is housed in the Egyptologist’s family home. Its collections of writing objects and typefaces from all over the world express the marvellous diversity of cultures.

Not far from there, you’ll discover the Place des Écritures, covered with a huge black granite slab bearing hieroglyphs, representing the “Rosetta Stone”, which enabled Champollion to decipher the writing of the Pharaohs.