Auch town is an ancient commune and the capital of Gers department, located in the Midi-Pyrenes region and is about 80km west of Toulouse in France. As of 1999 the town?s urban population was about 24,725. Its name originated from the aquitanian tribe which inhabited it during Romans conquest around 50BC. The town is built on a hill on the west of the Gers River banks.
Auch was initially the capital of the Celtic Iberian tribe and was then known as Auscii. After the establishment of Christianity, the town shifted across the river to its present location. Auch started changing significantly in the 18th century after its transformation by intedant d?Etgny. It was during the 2nd empire that a huge amount of urbanization work was done giving the town a modern look. Auch has a rich heritage including St Mary?s cathedral which is a major site on your way to Santiago de Compostela and is listed on UNECSO?s world heritage list. The Tower of Armagnac was another site built in the 14th century as a prison and has seven floors with each forming a cell. Others include the Prefecture, which is adjacent to St. Mary?s Cathedrals and the town hall which opened in 1777 for municipal council meetings to take place.
Auch also has several museums like the Jacobins Museum, which is one of the oldest museums in France, offering diverse collections and located in the Jacobians convent which is open from April to October and then from November to March. The town has a wealthy culture and the inhabitants hold a number of festivals such as the National Animated Film Festival held after every 2 years, the Classical Music Festival held in May, the Singing Festival held in June and the Modern Circus held in October/November.
Auch is well connected to certain cities as Tarbes, Agen by National routes and one can use www.tripindicator.com to find out about car hire in Auch. You can also consider private airport services offered by the Toulouse International Airport, which are quite comfortable, safe and save on time.