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Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, Casteil

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • We hiked up the hill in the early morning and the sun was not fully over the path....something for everyone to consider as it is steep for those who do not regularly do this...go before the sun is ove...  more »
  • We first made the walk through the gorges de cady to the waterfall and after returning the steep path through the forest in the direction of the Abbey. A beautiful road, much nicer than the asphalt road that most people take! You come through a loophole within the site. It was a pretty tough day with a lot of elevation changes, but what a magnificent end point!! Definitely follow the arrow to the viewpoint, it looks like you in a magical stage decor. We drove the clouds along the mountain tops as if a smoke machine was installed. Really beautiful! A guided tour by the Abbey is a bonus, but you see only a very small piece to the residents not to bother. Even without the Abbey visit is worth it.
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  • Great Abbey. She wins because you park in a parking lot at the foot of the mountain, then we have a good climb on foot (about 40 minutes from cool). We had a wonderful tour of this building.
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  • Isolated Abbey dating back the year 1009. Encapsulated among the pyrenees , the access is by foot only (1,6 km) or taking a cab. A small community of monks still lives here. Not to be missed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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