Moissac at the Crossroads
Moissac is situated at the junction of land and water routes and has always been at the centre of trade and cultural exchanges, thus giving it an international reputation.
It is impossible to avoid Moissac: from the Way to Compostella (17 000 pilgrims per year) to the European Clunic Way, from the Green Cycle Path (80 000 crossings) to the Confluence of the river Tarn and the river Garonne, from the junction of the river and the Canal des deux Mers and the varied landscape of Quercy and Gascony !
The Way of St James
Out of 4 existing paths to Santiago, the Via Podensis from the Puy-en-Velay is the busiest and Moissac is a major stop on the route.
The Cluniac Way
Like the Way of St James to Santiago, it is a European cultural Itinerary. But why ?
Cluny left its mark on Medieval Europe
Cluny Abbey was founded on 909-910 by William I of Aquitaine, 25km North-West of Macon(Saône-et-Loire). The first abbotts, Bernon, Odon, Aymard and Mayeul ruled it in an exemplary fashion. The Abbey stayed totally independant from any temporal or ecclesiastical juridiction.
At the beginning of the 11th century Cluny acquired the relics of St Peter and St Paul making it a pilgrimage site as important as Rome. Cluny wove a network of 1400 houses across Europe during the 11th-13th century. Moissac became affiliated in 1047 and enjoyed the protection and the power of Cluny Abbey.
The Cluniac Way Guyenne-Gascony to Moissac
99 km long, it links Moissac to Saint-Martin and the Priory of Layrac and Moirax in the Lot-et-Garonne. It goes through the GR65, west of Moissac and the GR652, South-West of Agen, a varied landscape of hills, forest, bastides and small heritage. The signposting is noticeable in magenta.
Map of the GR65 to be found at the Tourist Office.
At the Intersection of the Two Seas Canal and the river Tarn
Just as in Montauban, Moissac owns a double lock allowing the passage from the Canal to the river Tarn, useable from March to October.