Le Prieure de Serrabone, Prades

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Take in views of the oak forests and surrounding mountains at Le Prieure de Serrabone, a former monastery famed for its marble Romanesque rostrum from the 12th century. The origins of the priory go back to the 10th century, but most of the remaining architecture was constructed in the 12th century, including a transept and three apses, a cloister, and a bell tower. The walls of the nave provide a good example of the thick rubble stone construction. Enter the cloister to find a variety of sculptures in pink marble, all reflecting a high level of craftsmanship. Using our world travel planner, Prades attractions like Le Prieure de Serrabone can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The road to reach the Priory and the Priory in him even worth the setting and views make him an almost unique site. More remote location to establish a first filter to combat the arrival of mass which makes the visit more intimate. Only slightly negative: exposure I hope to be temporary, which distorts this place steeped in history, including totems and Plexiglas crosses which I did not able to detect the link to this place. I highly recommend all the same!
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  • August 9, 2017
    Throughout the site exudes harmony. Since the Priory, the view of the Valley worth up here by turns into pinhead! The Priory itself is a small jewel of Romanesque art, its architecture and its marble ornaments. Free visit, everything is clearly explained for a simple and effective visit. The welcome by the staff is nice. The garden of the Priory is as pleasant and rewarding that the nature trail, some signs indicate the names of the plants. Perfect place for a picnic, and accessible to all. As a bonus, there is in the Priory an expo (summer 2017) well chosen because it resonates with the place.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Good saw, in the good mountain massif Aspres and more than 600 meters high, shows a jewel of Romanesque art, one of the three outstanding abbeys of the Languedoc - the other two are Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa and Saint-Martin-du-Canigou - that more than one Millennium ago formed part of those new monasteries which were soon to become centres of culture with a wide earthly power. His name, of course, named PRIORY SERRABONA Lo first that we spotted is the Bell Tower, rather a defence tower, which dominates the abrupt mountain, covered with oak trees. And there has been on a date between the X or XI centuries and then run by Augustinian monks, who suffer his decline in the 14th. The Church was the same slate environment, dark and bright, without hardly motif, but with studied proportions. Inside access crosses the cloister, just a portico with several arches open to the South. However, such austerity remains a treasure of the 12th century: the rostrum which divides the ship of the temple, made of marble of Conflent. Sustained by fine arches of stone columns, there are in their capitals of marble animal, plane figures and delicious valances. They are characters between llamas and APE, dragons and faucets and that another figure of man between a Centaur and a lion. On its facade, someone blows a horn under the Presidency of the four evangelists and the Lamb of God. Masterpiece, no doubt, since its sculptor created school and his disciples chiseled Cuxa Tribune and the capitals of its cloister. Its ECHO resounded by all these valleys far away. And since the 11th century, Serrabona is known as a place of pilgrimage to the Virgin, where miracles are piling up. And after the second world war that are reactivated the pilgrimages. And the black Virgin, preserved in the Church of Saint-Saturnin de Boule d´Amont, rises on a pilgrimage the day of Pentecost. And it is worth making the route along this narrow but spectacular mountain road to get to this saw good, so good that retains a jewel of Romanesque art in the form of Tribune. A really exclusive building.
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  • July 8, 2017
    Wonderful location, beautiful romanesque church, fantastic stone carvings.
  • August 27, 2016
    Full of curves long road to the top of the mountain and finally, beautiful, breathtaking view - unbelievable experience. Visit in old monastery , partially made from real Roman architecture elements is like trip in time. Fantastic place, silent and magical
  • August 24, 2017
    After a good climb by car we are completely disoriented. On a small hill in the middle of a huge forest he quietly awaits the visitor for centuries. Very well preserved. Very relaxing. Interior of course to see also and his pt botanical garden.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Nice but tiny. Very good guide. The podium in the Church is carved in Romanesque style very nice.
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  • August 27, 2017
    In the austere and fragrant of the Aspres landscape, the way household through the surprise of the discovery of this lonely and perched Priory, asked in a botanical garden. Wonder of the Tribune of the Priory, absolute masterpiece of Romanesque art in Roussillon.
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