Najac is a commune in the Aveyron department in the Occitania region in southern FranceMassif Central.

Najac village is set along a ridge above a bend in the river Aveyron. In the earlier part of the 20th century the village had around 2,000 people but it suffered marked population decline as workers migrated to towns and cities.

Main attractions

Civil heritage

  • The remains of the château and its second wall comprise a primitive château (built by local lords and reinforced by the Counts of Toulouse) and the 13th-century royal fortress. The keep is a model of Francilian architecture. The ensemble has been listed since July 3, 1925.
  • The Porte de la Pique was part of one of the city’s fortifications. It was listed on February 17, 1928.
  • The Saint-Blaise bridge spans the Aveyron river. It was built between 1259 and 1274 and restored in 1404. It was listed as a historic monument on February 10, 1987.

  • The Maison du Gouverneur, built in the 13th and 15th centuries, was restored between 2017 and 2019 to house the Centre d’interprétation de l’architecture et du patrimoine des bastides du Rouergue.
  • The Seneschal’s house was built in the 14th century, and its facades and roofs have been listed as historic monuments since March 21, 1979. This building served as the Sénéchal’s residence when Najac was the seat of the Rouergue seneschal.
  • The public fountain, dating from 1350, consists of an octagonal basin carved from a single granite monolith over 2 m in diameter. It has been listed since December 28, 1910. It is also known as the Bourguet fountain.

Religious heritage

  • Saint-Laurent church in La Salvetat des Carts.
  • Church of Saint-Hilaire in Mazerolles.
  • Church of the Assumption in Villevayre.
  • Chapel of Saint-Barthélemy in Najac.
  • Église Saint-Jean, built in the 13th century. This Gothic building has a single nave with a flat chevet and two chapels. Listed since June 14, 1924.

Cultural heritage. Labels

Najac is recognized and distinguished by four labels:

How to get to?

Najac station has rail connections to Toulouse-Matabiau and Figeac.

From Paris: 7 hr 5 min (637 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 1 hr 42 min (108 km) via A68 and D922

From Andorra: 3 hr 56 min (286 km) via A68

From Barcelona: 5 hr 30 min (496 km) via AP-7 and A61

From Madrid: 9 hr 25 min (914 km) via A-1 and A64

From Monaco: 6 hr 17 min (579 km) via A8

From Moscow: 35 hr (3,418 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 36 min (1,883 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 29 hr (2,832 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 52 min (782 km) via A75

Main information

Area: 53 km2

Population: 699

Coordinates: 44°13′11″N 1°58′43″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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