Brageac is a small rural commune with a population of 78. Its name comes from Broga (field, land), and it was founded in 637 by Saint-Till, a hermit monk. It is a high spot built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Auze gorges.
Brageac is a small rural community of 78 inhabitants divided amongst several hamlets. Its name comes from Broga (field, land), and it was founded in 637 by Saint-Till, a hermit monk. It is a high spot built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Auze gorges. Its architectural heritage is extremely rich.
At the end of the village's only street, on the edge of the chasm, the church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption stands on a granite outcrop. Dating from the 12th century, it is Romanesque in style and is listed as a Historic Monument. This former Benedictine abbey has the heads of Saint-Côme and Saint-Damien, patron saints of doctors, which made it a pilgrimage destination for doctors, honoured by the presence of these medical saints....
A beautiful Mission Cross stands on the Place des Abbesses. It was erected in 1884, during a Mission... under the protection of Saint-Till. It has recently been restored.
Opposite this cross stands the Monument aux Morts, which has the unusual feature of being carved from a single block of stone. It is certainly one of, if not the most, beautiful of all those that can be seen in our country.
Another attraction at Brageac is the ancient hermitage of Saint-Till. You can still see the fountain (recently restored) from which Till used to draw water, on the path leading down to the hermitage.