L’Isle-Jourdain (in Gascon: L’Isla de Baish) is a commune located in the Gers department, in the Occitania region (France). Historically and culturally, the commune is in Savès, a small Gascony province.

The city stands on the Camino de Arlés of the Camino de Santiago route to Santiago de Compostela.

Exposed to an altered oceanic climate, it is drained by the Save, the Cédat, the Rémoulin, the Soubire stream, the Noailles stream, the Crabères stream, and by various other small streams. The town has a remarkable natural heritage made up of two natural areas of ecological, fauna and flora interest.

L’Isle-Jourdain is an urban commune which has 9,324 inhabitants in 2021, after having experienced a sharp increase in population since 1962. Its inhabitants are called Lislois or Lisloises.

The city’s motto Hospes Atque Fidelis (“Welcoming and Faithful”).

Main attractions

  • Bell tower from the 14th century.
  • Saint-Martin Collegiate Church built around 1785 by a student of Jacques-Germain Soufflot, Jean-Arnaud Raymond, architect of the States of Languedoc. The collegiate church and the tower have been classified as historic monuments since 1979.

  • Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
  • Saint-Sébastien Church of Cassemartin.
  • Saint-Jacques Chapel (inside the retirement home).
  • 19th century grain market, rehabilitated as a European Center-Museum of Campanary Art in 1994 and which welcomes around 12,000 visitors each year, listed as a historic monument since 1975.
  • Maison Claude Augé: 1904 private mansion classified as a Historic Monument.
  • Château de Panat, in the Spanish Renaissance style, built in 1880 by Joseph Samuel Léopold de Brunet, Marquis de Panat (Toulouse, 1851 – L’Isle-Jourdain, 1913), and whose architect was his father-in-law, Edmond Salles.

How to get to?

From Paris: 7 hr 49 min (689 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 41 min (36.1 km) via N124

From Andorra: 3 hr 14 min (219 km) via N20

From Barcelona: 4 hr 30 min (429 km) via AP-7 and A61

From Madrid: 8 hr 1 min (768 km) via A-1

From Monaco: 5 hr 56 min (619 km) via A8

From Moscow: 35 hr (3,483 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 12 min (1,923 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 28 hr (2,872 km) via E70

From Bern: 8 hr 9 min (877 km) via A9

Main information

Area: 70,48 km2

Population: 9 324

Coordinates: 43°36′52″N 1°04′54″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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