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Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, Casteil

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Atop a rocky peak, Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou is a historical abbey that dates back to the tenth century. An earthquake in 1428 caused severe damage. Much of the abbey was restored in the 20th century, resulting in the mostly intact structures you can visit now. The abbey church is actually made up of two superimposed churches. The lower one is dedicated to St. Mary, and the upper church is dedicated to St. Martin. Look closely at the upper church's construction, where you'll find three naves separated by monolithic columns. A small chapel houses the relics of St. Gaudérique. The cloister has been entirely altered from its original form, but you can read about the early construction. Arrange to visit Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou and other attractions in Casteil using our Casteil tourist route planner.
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  • I'm gone several times, including a first time, more than 30 years ago with my 2 year old daughter on his shoulders, and for my visit last fall, the path with a cane was rather rude: Paradise, it wins; but it's heaven! At each time the same wonder: beauty, purity, serenity, so few things. As a bonus, a wonderful visit with a guide who has been able to share his knowledge and his passion for these places out of time with ease. A "pilgrimage" to be renewed from time to time, whether believer or not.
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  • If you're in the area, you can not miss these wonderful places. Forest of chestnut trees, the Abbey and the views from a kind of viewpoint that is above, justify the costly ascent that there is from the village up to above. Encouragement to all that is near there, to make this excursion.
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  • At the end of a winding and seemingly endless road from Casteil lies the Abbaye St Martin. It seems incredible that anyone got the idea to build an abbey here, but the location is stunningly beautiful...  more »
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  • Gorgeous mixed sex abbey ;) ! - a great reward after the pretty walk up from the village. Rather an intense guide; but a photograph wherever you look.
  • Fantastic place, definitelly worth seeing. Though there is only guided tour in French language and you cannot walk there by yourself. However, the views and the abbey itself are wonderful and the place is very calm. We were told that they also accommodate volunteers who come to meditate there and help with some work.
  • Awesome place. Splendid location in mountains, the cloister itself is fantastic! Payed guided visits inside, which are worth attending, are led by a local monk or a temporary resident. Don't miss a 5 minute walk to a viewpoint above the Abbey.
  • Great place with good feel
  • One of the most beautiful monasteries in the Pyrenees. Be careful though because you can only visit accompanied in time. The tour lasts about an hour.
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