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Arcizans-Dessus: the village is known for its water mills for family use, built along the Anisaous stream.
Originally there were 22, there are only 15 left today. Their number testifies to the intense activity that reigned here three hundred years ago. There were more than a hundred of them in the valley long ago, grinding corn, barley, wheat, millet, buckwheat.
One of them has been restored and refurbished.
This can be visited in summer from mid-July to mid-August (or by reservation with the Town Hall, the rest of the year).

In addition to the mills, many elements of built or historical heritage are easily visible in the village:

Walking through the village, you can observe two houses decorated with mullioned windows, Gothic arches, or even signs of old fortifications. Indeed, it seems that the village of Arcizans-Dessus housed a fortified tower in the 12th and 14th centuries, erected by the viscounts of Lavedan. The village would then have derived its name Arx Anglorum: citadel and Soubirou: high, which became Arcizans-Dessus.

Witness to this past, we can still see the Romanesque church of ancient foundation (late 2001th century, completely renovated in the XNUMXth century and renovated in XNUMX) and its Romanesque chrism on the entrance door.

Going up to the center of the village, we observe "a lordly home" from the late Gothic era with its walled door and a lintel decorated with enigmatic sculptures, the half-timbered turret, a beautiful window with its sculptures on the sill and lintel (rosettes, goat and donkey grazing on a shrub, stylized leaves) and inside, an elegant Gothic fireplace.

Fountains and wash houses also complete the heritage linked to water.

A marked walking route called “Au fil du Temps” wanders through the streets of the village and allows the walker to discover this rich heritage.

Other hiking or mountain biking routes also start from the village: the Nabias sources, the Carmoulin roundabout, the Col du Liar or the Soum de la Pène for the more experienced.

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  • Theme(s):

    Church, Washhouse, Mill

Pratical information

  • Tour languages French
  • Information Visits Opening days of the town hall: Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.
Groups welcome
  • People max. 10
  • Average length of visit 60min
  • Guided tour on request Yes
Individual reception
  • Average length of visit 20min
  • Guided tour on request Yes
  • Permanent free visit Yes

Rates & payment


  • Free free

Contact & access

Town hall