Cahors, France

Cahors France

© Photothèque Ville de Cahors – Pierre Lasvènes

With a population of 21.072 inhabitants, Cahors is the Chief town of the Lot department and it’s situated at the crossroads of 3 Regions: Occitanie, Nouvelle Aquitaine and Auvergne – Rhône Alpes.

It was founded by Romans, then it was a rich and prosperous medieval city and today, it still has an important heritage richness. We can notify some Roman remains (a theatre, an amphitheatre, thermal baths…) and also some medieval monuments like the Valentré bridge and Saint-Etienne cathedral, today both inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO referenced as World Heritage by UNESCO under the Way of Saint James of Compostela. Cahors and its region are rich of their historical heritage but also of their gastronomic one, which is enhanced during the Lot of Saveurs festival taking place every year during the summer period.

So, Cahors is presented as the capital of the good living and it has many labels,  guarantees of the recognition of its assets:

  • The label « City of art and history »
  • The label « Remarkable garden »
  • The label « Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées »
  • The label « TEPCV territory » (territory with positive energy and green growth)
  • The label « PACT 3 » of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs for its international expertise on the topic: «Patrimonial attractiveness: urban heart», linked to the strategy for the reconquest of the centrality that the city started since 2008.

Also very active internationally, this city contributed to the creation of the European Urban Heritage Biennial, which was launched in November 2016. The goal of this important event is to promote heritage as an important lever for an integrated urban policy.