The village of Saint Betrand de Comminges has a long history dating back to 72BC, when the Roman colony of “Lugdunum Convernarum” was established by Pompey, a Roman General, with a population close to 30,000 people.
The city was destroyed by vandals in 408 AD and again in 585, when it suffered a similar fate, at the hands of Gontrand of Orleans, King of the Franks.
In 1073, Bertrand was nominated to the post of Bishop by Count Raymond IV of Toulouse, his cousin. Ten years later, Bertrand became Bishop in 1083, and in 1218 was canonized, becoming Saint Bertrand.
Cathedral of the Pyrenees
In 1083, Bishop Bertrand ordered that the Cathedral of the Pyrenees with its Romanesque cloisters be built upon a steep hill, some 1700 feet high. This fine cathedral would dominate the valley, located between the Pyrenean peaks.
As one enters the cathedral, located on the outer…
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