ArabicChinese (Simplified)DutchEnglishFrenchGermanGreekHindiItalianJapanesePortugueseRussianSpanish


Saint-Pierre of Assier Church, Lot's only Renaissance church

This page was updated on: Sunday, May 6, 2018 at: 8:57 pm

Assier, a former commanderie

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church is located in a quiet village near Figeac.

Assier started as a commanderie founded in 1280 by the Knights of the Order of St-John of Jerusalem.

The monks introduced sheep rearing in the region as these animals were able to graze and thrive on the arid land of the surrounding Causses of Quercy.

From these ancient times, Assier has retained a weekly sheep market, as well as a farmers' market where local producers sell their cereal grains, fruits and chestnuts.

Galiot de Genouillac, lord of Assier

However, the village’s most striking feature is its church, which is listed historical monument.

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church was built in the 1540’s and is the only Renaissance church in the Lot department.

That said, this church is more of a shrine dedicated to the glory of Jacques Richard Genouillace aka Galiot de Genouillac, the armourer of the armies of Francois I.

The king held Galiot in such high esteem that he attributed him his victory at Marignan in 1515 and rewarded him generously!

As a result, Galiot became wealthy besides all his expectations and built his castle on the site of the commander's fortified house.

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church dedicated to the glory of Galiot

The exterior decoration of Saint-Pierre of Assier Church proves that Galiot also developed a big ego!

A statue of the Virgin Mary offering her blessings to the villagers that sits in a niche above a side door is the only nod to Christianity!

Indeed, all other sculptural features are dedicated to the glory of Galiot and the weapons of war he supplied to Francois I.

The tympanum represents Galiot's insignia being offered to the Virgin, while the angels carved on the door carry messages that read "Long Live Galiot".

But the low-relief frieze that runs around the church, at about the height of the doors, says it all!

It indeed depicts the battle swords Galiot supplied, his cannons spewing fire and death and cannonballs lying ready and defending his castle; even the interior keystones bear his coat of arms.

As you can guess, Galiot was buried in his church.

He'll be thrilled to learn that his Renaissance funeral chapel, his tomb and commemorative plate are all listed Historical monuments.

Department of Lot
Coordinates Assier: Lat 44.674942 - Long 1.878026

Photos via Wikimedia Commons: Tympanum and church by Krzysztof Golik are listed under CC BY-SA 4.0 - Castle by akia is listed under CC BY-SA 2.0 - Header by MOSSOT is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 - other photos are ©melangedmagic
Saint-Lary-Soulan ski resort in the French Pyrenees

Saint-Lary-Soulan, a family orientated ski resort – Pyrenees

Saint-Lary-Soulan, a family orientated ski resort in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, equally popular in summer with hikers and mountain bikers
Collegiate Notre-Dame des Pommiers Beaucaire

Beaucaire, medieval castle, town and fair

Beaucaire, a City of Art and History located along the Rhône River, once one of the wealthiest French cities renowned for its international fair
Saint-Pierre of Assier Church - castle on frieze

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church, Lot’s only Renaissance church

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church, the only Renaissance church in the Lot department, was built by Galiot de Genouillac, lord of Assier and armourer of King Francois I
Capitole of Toulouse the Pink City

Why do we call Toulouse the Pink City?

The historical capital of Languedoc is nicknamed Toulouse the Pink City because of its red-pink bricks and tiles produced with the local clay, a construction material introduced by the Romans 2000 years ago

Sign up to our newsletter

Travel France Online will use the information you provide on this form to keep in touch with you and to provide updates via our newsletter. By selecting the boxes on the form you confirm your acceptance to receive our newsletter.

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at

We will treat your information with respect. For more information please visit our privacy policy page