Photographer's Note

This is a view of the interior of the abbey church of Saint-Volusien in Foix.

In 1104, the regular canons of St. Augustine took possession of an abbey housing the relics of St. Volusien. It was then that the construction of a large church with three naves, with a transept, was undertaken. In the fourteenth century, the Romanesque apse was replaced by a new polygonal chancel. The building was destroyed during the religious wars and the relics were burned. Reconstruction work was undertaken from 1609 and completed in 1670. Of the medieval church, there are mainly the portal and the base of the walls of the nave remaining. There is a magnificent organ of 40 stops, built by Fermis in 1869 and restored in 2007.

Foix is a French town and commune. Once the former capital of the County of Foix, today it is the Prfecture or administrative centre of the Arige department in southwestern France. It is located in the Midi-Pyrnes region, lying south of Toulouse, close to the border with Spain and Andorra.

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