A superb setting for the collections of the Departmental Museum of Ariège, the Bishops' Palace dominates the city of Saint-Lizier. From the terraces, an exceptional point of view on the chain of the Pyrenees is offered to the contemplative gaze of the visitor.

A visit to the Palais des Évêques, in turn a bishopric, a prison or an insane asylum, will reveal the history of Couserans and the evolution of the site thanks to a modern museography! Discover the monetary treasury and its 13 pieces, the models and interactive devices, the psychiatric history of the place and the new objects taken out of the reserves for the occasion. Continue the visit in the Notre-Dame-de-la-Sède cathedral. Look up and gaze at the stunning Renaissance paintings. You will then understand its nickname of “Ariège Sistine Chapel”.

Guided tours, included with your entry ticket, are offered from April to November.

Opening

From Monday February 12 to Sunday March 10
Mondays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Friday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From Monday April 01 to Sunday April 07
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday April 08 to Sunday May 12
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday May 13 to Sunday June 30
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday July 01 to Sunday July 07
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
From Monday July 08 to Sunday September 01
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Wednesdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
From Monday September 02 to Sunday October 20
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday 21 October to Sunday 03 November
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday December 16 to Sunday December 22
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From Monday December 23 to Sunday December 29
Mondays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From Monday December 30 to Sunday January 05
Mondays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Friday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.

> Pets are not allowed.


Visit

The museographic space

On the heights of the charming village of Saint-Lizier, the bishops of Couserans built a sumptuous palace and a richly decorated cathedral that they continued to embellish from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth century. 

After 1 year of work, the site reopens its doors and presents a new museography allowing you to discover 2 years of local history in a fun, modern and accessible way.

The story and your visit begins in Antiquity, when the Romans ruled the area. You will discover, from this period, archaeological remains found locally: amphorae, ceramics, pottery and of course, the monetary treasury of Saint Girons made up of 13000 pieces. Thanks to a clever facsimile, the rampart, an archaeological gem of the city of Saint-Lizier, will reveal its secrets to you.

Upstairs, your visit continues and eras follow one another, old collections mingle with tactile devices and models to allow you to understand the construction of the place and the city below.

One floor is dedicated to the superb Cathedral that the Bishops' Palace houses within it: Notre-Dame-de-la-Sède Cathedral. The paintings, the techniques used at the time, their recent discovery and the long restoration work are presented to you. An interactive slab will even allow you to put yourself in the shoes of a discoverer and a restorer!

Your tour will end in more recent times with the inhabitants of the Bethmale Valley in the XNUMXth century. Straight out of the reserves, new objects from the important Bégouën collection, such as traditional costumes, remarkable for their cuts and bright colors, or even Bethmalais clogs will complete those on display until then.

Finally and for the first time, the Palace's psychiatric past will be told to you in a fully dedicated room. In the years 1808, the Palace of the Bishops became a begging depot and then a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Lizier. It is then one of these places of reception and confinement of patients suffering from insanity, and therefore, the witness and the actor of the extraordinary change that psychiatry has experienced. In the building which housed the old isolation cells of the psychiatric hospital, this new room will allow you to discover in a sober way the objects and the environment of the daily life of the patients. Reproduced cells will show beds, baths, medicine cabinets ...


Notre-Dame-de-la-Sède cathedral

A real gem of the site and the highlight of your visit, the Cathedral-Notre-Dame-de-la-Sède is often called the “Ariège Sistine Chapel”. With its painted walls and ceilings, its richly decorated woodwork, it attests to the magnificence of the place and the power of the bishops during the Renaissance.

Look up and be amazed at the sight of the Sybils and Patriarchs that adorn the vaults. 

The guided tour, free with your ticket, will give you all the keys to understanding the real purpose of so much beauty, nothing is there by chance… the bishops had a very specific idea in mind when ordering such drawings!


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  • On-site ticket office open until 17 p.m. except in July and August until 17 p.m.
  • Payments accepted: cash / checks (on presentation of an identity document) / bank cards / holiday vouchers
  • Reservation is not necessary
  • Online ticket office accessible 24 hours a day

Prices

Adult 9 €
Kids 5,50 €
Student (For under 26s) 6,90 €
Large family (Valid for 2 adults and 2 children.) 24 €

Opening

From Monday February 12 to Sunday March 10
Mondays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Friday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From Monday April 01 to Sunday April 07
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday April 08 to Sunday May 12
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday May 13 to Sunday June 30
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday July 01 to Sunday July 07
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
From Monday July 08 to Sunday September 01
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Wednesdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 19 p.m.
From Monday September 02 to Sunday October 20
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday 21 October to Sunday 03 November
Mondays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From Monday December 16 to Sunday December 22
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From Monday December 23 to Sunday December 29
Mondays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
From Monday December 30 to Sunday January 05
Mondays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Thursdays Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Friday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.

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Bishops palace
Montjoie road
09190 St. Lizier

05 61 05

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Families
The “Family Pass” gives you 2 adult entries + 2 child entries for only €24
(additional child: +€3,60).

Children
Children under 5 are free, from 5 to 17 years old a reduced rate of € 5,50.

students
Students under 26 benefit from a reduced rate of € 6,90.

Disabled visitor
Anyone with a disability who has a disability card benefits from a 20% discount applicable on the base rate. The companion of a person in a wheelchair is free. Please note that some areas of the Palace are difficult to access, see section Accessibility.

Visit

How long does the visit to the Palace last?

The visit lasts approximately 1h30.

Accessibility

Is the Bishop's Palace accessible to people with motor disabilities?

Currently, the site is unfortunately not accessible to people with motor disabilities.

Parking

Where to park at the Bishop's Palace?

Free parking is available on site, it is accessible to motorhomes during site opening hours.

Pets

Are animals allowed at the Bishop's Palace?

Animals are not allowed inside the site, even on a leash.

Shop

Can we buy souvenirs at the Palace?

A shop is present and open at the same hours as the Palace.


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