Presentation of the destination
The French city of Ansan is a great getaway in the southwest of France. It can be found in the French department of Gers, which was one of the original departments that came into being following the French Revolution. Parts of Gers formerly made up parts of the provinces of Guyenne and Gascony and the area is famed for its cuisine, so you can expect to eat well during your stay.Some of the area’s most popular dishes and beverages are brandy, wine, the local apératif, Floc de Gascogne, foie gras, and the wild mushrooms grown in the region. As a largely agricultural area, Gers also cultivates a lot of corn, colza, sunflowers, and grain.Gers is part of the massive Midi-Pyrénées region, which is larger than both the Netherlands and Denmark, though not larger than the two combined. However, the Midi-Pyrénées region is not a historical region and was formed during the late 20th century for administrative reasons.
Points of interests / things to see
The fantastic nearby city of Auch is a great place to visit for those staying in Ansan and one of the most impressive sights in Auch is the “Monumental Staircase”. Climbing the staircase is a workout in itself as the staircase covers 35 vertical metres and contains 350 stairs.As you climb the Monumental Staircase your journey will be interrupted, albeit pleasantly, with a number of terraces and gardens that are spread intermittently throughout the climb. The gardens and terraces that line the side of the staircase are great places to take a quick rest if the climb is tiring you out.The staircase was completed in 1863 and has taken pride of place in the eastern part of Auch for over a century and a half. The staircase runs for 90 metres from east to west and is around 40 metres wide at the widest parts, the upper and central parts.The whole construction of the Monumental Staircase in Auch was completed using a whole heap of locally-sourced limestone that was used for both the masonry and the decoration of the structure. The Monumental Staircase is more than just a decoration. In fact, the stairs link the upper and lower parts of the city.
France is home to many beautiful cathedrals and those who stay in Ansan can make the most of their stay by visiting the magnificent Cathedral Basilica in the nearby city of Auch. There was initially another cathedral in Auch which could be found on the plain of Gers. However, this cathedral was destroyed by the Saracens in the ninth century. Taurin II had the cathedral rebuilt in 845 atop the hill that overlooked Gers and installed the the altar of Notre-Dame (Our Lady) which was brought from Éauze by Saint Taurin. Éauze was abandoned as the seat of the diocese in the area as a huge amount of destruction took place at the hands of the Saracens and the Vikings and the archbishop installed his seat in Auch, leading to the development of Auch as a city in its own right.The original cathedral was destroyed and rebuilt a number times by various archbishops for a multitude of reasons. As mentioned, Viking and Saracens seemingly took turns at destroying large portions of the cathedral and natural disasters, including a fire 1171 turned most of the cathedral of the time into a pile of smouldering rubble. However, the cathedral in its current incarnation is a joy to behold and a worthy destination to appear on anyone's itinerary.
Those wishing to learn about the local history of Ansan, Auch, and the department of Gers should certainly make the time to visit Le Musée des Jacobins. The museum is housed in a former convent and the building itself is impressive enough to warrant a visit in its own right. While you should certainly visit the building, the museum within, which is spread across three stories, should be the focus of your visit if history is your thing.The museum has an impressive collection which is divided into two main categories: the history of Gascony and the second largest collection of pre-Columbian art in all of France, with the Musée du Quai Branly being the largest. While telling a story of Gascony’s history, the museum itself has its own fascinating history dating back to the late eighteenth century.During the French Revolution a group in Gers executively signed the museum into existence. In fact, the only museum to be opened this way in France before it was the world-famous Louvre, in the country’s capital, Paris.The collection includes over 20,000 objects, meaning that any visitor will struggle to see it all in one visit. Of course, as long as you do not damage anything, you will always be welcome back for a second visit.
Any fans of the celebrated French literary genius Alexandre Dumas must head into the centre of Auch in order to see the grandiose statue of the world’s most famous Musketeer, D’Artagnan. The statue of D’Artagnan was constructed in 1931 by Michelet Firmin, a French sculptor and artist who specialised in printmaking.The statue shows D’Artagnan in an impressive pose in full musketeer garb with his hand firmly placed on his hip. While the musketeers in Dumas’ work were somewhat fictionalised, they were based on real musketeers and D’Artagnan, the real man, was Charles de Batz-Castelmore Count d’Artagnan and was born sometime in the early seventeenth century, between 1611 and 1615. D’Artagnan left home to move to Paris in 1630 and took his mother’s surname. Louis XIV trusted and respected D’Artagnan enough to make him the captain-lieutenant of the musketeers. D’Artagnan died in 1673 during the siege of Maastricht and was subsequently buried in an unknown location.While D’Artagnan was certainly an important figure in his time, the writings of Dumas’ and the character created by him have seemingly overshadowed the real life facts that surround D’Artagnan’s life. However, whether you love the man or the myth, or both, you can celebrate the man in statue-form in the wonderful southwestern French city of Auch.
If you love history and find yourself visiting Ansan, then you should make your way to the Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation. The museum has operated since the day it was founded by Louis Villanova Marcel Daguzan and Louis Leroy in 1954. Despite being founded in the 1950s, it was not until October 5, 1975, that the museum was finally inaugurated by the Minister of Veteran Affairs, André Bord.The museum tells the narrative of France under Nazi occupation during the Second World War, the mass deportation of people during that period, and the resulting French resistance to the occupation. The story of this important part of French history is recounted in the museum by the large collection of objects from the time.The collections in the museum include pieces such as a number of objects, documents, and period pieces that were once the possessions of members of the resistance. Over the years the collection has been expanded and allows visitors to enjoy the story of the resistance from its beginnings until the liberation of France. Since the museum is dedicated to the resistance and the deportation, these two elements have their own dedicated spaces rather than being thrown together haphazardly.
If you are spending any time at all in Ansan, you should definitely make the half-hour-trip to the Tour d’Armagnac. The tower can be found in the nearby city of Auch, to the southeast of Auch’s impressive cathedral. The tower rises 40 metres above the ground and initially served the city by housing its most dangerous people when it operated as a prison. Being a prison in the fourteenth century was just one of the tower’s many functions. During the Middle Ages it represented the judicial power of Auch’s archbishop and storage for archives prior to the French revolution. The tower and attached castle hold the status of a national monument in France.
Those who love the great outdoors and find themselves in Ansan should add a trip to the Parc du Couloumé to their itinerary. The park, which can be found by the nearby city of Auch, spans over 5 hectares and surround a beautiful 16th century castle and offers spectacular views of the historic centre of Auch and the cathedral in the city centre.The park is home to over 250 different species of trees and 450 of them are labelled in order to improve the experience of every single visitor to the park. Some of the most impressive are the apple, pear, and plum trees, as well as the poplar, willow, and oak trees.
In addition to the Parc du Couloumé, there are a number of beautiful parks within the city limits of Auch. One fine example is the Jardin Ortholan, which is a public city garden covering over 7000 metres squared in the centre of the city. Those with families can keep the kids happy in the playground while they enjoy the various areas of the park.The Hôtel du Département is another great site for those who find themselves in Auch to visit. Much like the Parc du Couloumé, the Hôtel du Département is home to various wonderful species of trees, from the domestic to the exotic.
The Poterie Frederique Pageard is a fantastic place to visit, especially if you are fond of the arts and crafts. It can be found in Auch’s historic centre where porcelain and red sandstone are worked in order to create a variety of beautiful objects. A variety of methods are also employed to create the magnificently simple shapes and forms that make up the pieces on display in the Poterie Frederique Pageard.If you would like to visit the Poterie Frederique Pageard, you can find it in Auch’s historic centre, which is just under half an hour from the centre of Ansan by car.
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How to get there ?
Those wishing to travel to Ansan must first make their way to France. France is well connected to the rest of the world and has a modern and convenient system of roads and rails throughout the country, as well as a large number of canals for those who enjoy travelling at a more leisurely pace.France has a good number of international airports offering flights to and from almost anywhere in the world and visitors to one of the world’s most popular destination will be able to get into the country without much difficulty and even take a connecting flight if they find themselves too far from Ansan. The best airport to travel to is the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, which operates plenty of flights to destinations across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australasia.The airport in Toulouse is just 11 kilometres to the west of the centre of Toulouse and getting to the city is quite simple from the airport as there are a multitude of transport links available including a Shuttle Bus to the bus station that takes around twenty minutes.. However, if you prefer to head straight to Ansan from the airport, the journey by car is quite simple and should take you no more than an hour.
Ansan city hall
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