Faudoas is a village that dates back to ancient times and features beautiful stone pillared houses. It is unlike any other village in the region; it actively cultivates the notion of the art of living and a dynamism that is shared by passionate and enthusiastic residents.
A big fire at the end of the 19th century destroyed all traces of the village and the Saint-Laurent church was completely rebuilt from 1898, in a different direction than before.
Neo-Gothic in style, it has a square bell tower topped by an elegant openwork spire. Inside, the single nave opens onto 4 side chapels.
There is another original feature inside: a reproduction of the cave in Lourdes, involving a combination of wall paintings and sculptures within the chapel of the Virgin itself.
As you drive along the small village roads you will discover the chapel of Escudès. It dates from the 11th or 12th century and has wonderfully thick stone walls. You can also fish at the old water mill of Mouret on the Gimone road.
Maison sur piliers de pierres à Faudoas. N. Dupuy
From 1934 to 1936, supported by his associate Guitard, René Lala-Gaillard decorated and painted the true religious history of humanity – going through from the Old to the New Testament – in the choir, the side walls, and the vaults in the chapels.
When visiting, enquire at the Faudoas town hall, which has detailed information about the frescoes.
René Gaillard Lala was a painter from Tarn-et-Garonne who was well-known for his church restorations and decorative work, including more than 30 that he undertook in Tarn-et-Garonne. In Lomagne, he painted the colossal work of Faudoas, that of Gariès and Lavit. He is also famous for his numerous watercolours of the regional landscape.
To visit the church, meet at the town hall for the opening.