The Notre-Dame de Peyragude sanctuary is a Marian sanctuary in the diocese of Agen of the Catholic Church, having the status of a diocesan sanctuary and parish church, located on a hill overlooking the Lot river. It is part of the commune of Penne-d’Agenais in the department of Lot-et-Garonne in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region (France).

From the year 1000, an oratory existed in this place dedicated to a Virgin of the Assumption. The church was completely destroyed in 1562 by the Protestants. After the plague of 1653, a second sanctuary was built on the rock to honor the wish of the aldermen of Penne-d’Agenais. The statue of Notre-Dame was spared from destruction during the Revolution.

In the 19th century, the construction of a new sanctuary was undertaken, according to the plans of Mr. Bouillet, architect in Marmande, of which the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Mgr Lecot laid the first stone on May 14, 1897. This style building Roman-Byzantine which dominates the Lot valley was only completed in 1948 and consecrated under the title of “Immaculate Heart of Mary refuge of sinners” on September 11, 1949 by the Bishop of Agen Mgr Rodié.

Important pilgrimages to the Virgin take place in this place.

Address: 47140 Penne-d’Agenais, France.

How to get to?

Penne-d’Agenais station has rail connections to Périgueux and Agen.

  • From Paris: 6 hr 50 min (638 km) via A20
  • From Bordeaux: 1 hr 59 min (156 km) via A62
  • From Toulouse: 1 hr 44 min (124 km) via A62 and D7
  • From Andorra: 4 hr 3 min (301 km) via A62
  • From Barcelona: 5 hr 14 min (515 km) via AP-7 and A61
  • From Madrid: 8 hr 1 min (754 km) via A-1

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See also Pyrenees travel guide

See also Andorra travel guide

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