Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Codalet

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#10 of 26 in Historic Sites in Pyrenees-Orientales
Originally founded in approximately 840, Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa was flooded in 878, forcing the monks to take refuge in the countryside. The abbey was eventually occupied by the Cuixà, a small community dedicated to Saint Germanus. Major renovations and upgrades beginning in 956 led to the present state of the abbey, which boasts an impressive main altar. You can explore the abbey's tall, square tower. Impressive trees and scenic surroundings make it a very popular attraction. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa by using our Codalet trip generator.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The visit is particularly interesting and complete for lovers of history and architecture. The video is perfect, and the guide very interesting. The cloister is magnificent, unique tents!
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  • August 13, 2017
    Visit wins since going to "climb" (on the road anyway) to get there but the game worth the candle... For better appreciation, put you in the context of the time.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Very nice site to visit, the cloister is beautiful just like the Church. The film retracing the different eras of the Abbey is very well done, to see... The guided tour is alive, not pompous. Possibility to make beautiful walks nearby... The iris garden, acolle to the Abbey is open only in full bloom (to see when the irises are flowers with a very wide variety). It seems less maintained than in previous years, too bad!
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  • August 26, 2017
    In many ways this place reminded us of some of the abbeys in Wales - a working church surrounded by what would once have been. The whole place is evocative of a large community; the size of the church is astounding, the cloisters and the crypt equally large. We stayed for Mass following the morning opening which really added to the experience of a holy site.
  • October 7, 2016
    Beautiful tranquil abbey; ongoing restoration works; great video presentation.
  • August 23, 2017
    Set in a former monastery restored very ideal place, quiet and isolated. Too bad the expoli that suffered after the French Revolution. A need for more sightseeing in Catalan, taking into account its history, and the origin of visitors, etc..
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  • August 8, 2017
    Very beautiful Romanesque Abbey from the 12th century. Good acoustics, serene tranquility.
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  • July 1, 2017
    Visit very interesting. Work, of the Abat Oliva.
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