Saint-Eulalie d'Olt

Nestled in a green setting you can discover Saint Eulalie d'Olt, a village of art.

The medieval city of Sainte-Eulalie d'Olt

Sainte Eulalie d'Olt saw the day in the Middle Ages. Called "Castrum" (castle) in the old acts, Sainte Eulalie would have been a stronghold surrounded by walls, ditches and towers. This medieval city has multiple attractions to seduce its visitors: charming alleys conducive to strolling, and many flowered facades, a rich heritage...

You can discover its 11th century church, classified as a Historic Monument, which possesses a relic containing a fragment of the Christ’s crown of thorns. The church was transformed into a defence building. In 1530 it was enlarged under the order of the Bishop of Rodez. You can also discover its fortified castle, Historic Monument dating from the 15th century, which, in the heart of the village attracts one’s attention; as well as its mill dating from the 17th century. In the past, in addition to milling, this mill produced walnut oil, but also tan powder needed for the local tannery.

Each year on the second Sunday in July takes place the Sainte Epine (Holy Thorn) procession. All the inhabitants of the village, costumed, reconstruct the main phases of the Christ’s crucifixion. The whole weekend is festive, with a traditional ball, local catering and fireworks.

You will also be able to participate each year on All Saints' Day at the Poule Un, which is a curious auction: for centuries the bailiff has offered a live chicken as the first batch. Other batches are then offered by the parishioners: brandy, eggs, hazelnuts... to collect money for the parish to offer Masses for the deceased.

For many years, Sainte Eulalie d'Olt has turned to art not only through the architectural aspect of the town, but also thanks to its inhabitants. A wide cultural choice is offered. You can visit the Marcel Boudou museum, which exhibits works by local painter Marcel Boudou and hosts temporary themed exhibitions. It is open July and August. You can also discover an old barn from the 17th century, restored to allow the installation of artists and craftsmen. This building named "Eulalie d'Art" now houses creative workshops: pottery, glass pearl jewellery, glass blowing ...