Eauze former cathedral is a national monument. It was the ecclesiastical seat of the former Diocese of Eauze, which was merged into the Bishopric of Auch, probably in the 9th century. Eauze Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Luperculus, who is said to have been a bishop here in the 3rd century before being martyred.
Odon, Count of Fezensac, founded a Benedictine monastery on this site After 960 AD. In 1088, the monastery was united with the abbey of Cluny and become then a priory. This status remained until the French Revolution. There exact time of construction of churches prior to the current church is unknown.
The construction of the present church was ordered by Jean Marre, who had became a prior of Eauze in 1463. The church had to be built on the site of a previous church, probably with three naves, which would explain the narrow width of the nave compared to its height (21.5 m at highest). The monument underwent a major restoration between 1860 and 1878.References:
Sirmione castle was built near the end of the 12th century as part of a defensive network surrounding Verona. The castle was maintained and extended first as part of the Veronese protection against their rivals in Milan and later under the control of the Venetian inland empire. The massive fortress is totally surrounded by water and has an inner porch which houses a Roman and Medieval lapidary. From the drawbridge, a staircase leads to the walkways above the walls, providing a marvellous view of the harbour that once sheltered the Scaliger fleet. The doors were fitted with a variety of locking systems, including a drawbridge for horses, carriages and pedestrians, a metal grate and, more recently, double hinged doors. Venice conquered Sirmione in 1405, immediately adopting provisions to render the fortress even more secure, fortifying its outer walls and widening the harbour.
Thanks to its strategical geographical location as a border outpost, Sirmione became a crucial defence and control garrison for the ruling nobles, retaining this function until the 16th century, when its role was taken up by Peschiera del Garda.