Visit Lagrasse Abbey is a must during a stay in Corbières. This medieval gem captivates the eye long before arriving in the village. After the visit, you can stroll through the cobbled streets, enjoy the terraces of restaurants, to visit artisan shops or you refresh in the waters clear from the river.
To access the heart of the village and then to the abbey, you will have to leave your vehicle in one of the (paid) car parks located at the entrance. The discovery will be made on foot by a nice walk. The abbey is on the other side of the Orbieu. It is accessed by crossing the Old Bridge or a footbridge located upstream.
The visit of the Abbey of Lagrasse
Lagrasse Abbey is one of the major sites of the Cathar Country. It is an exceptional set of buildings from the XIIth to the XVIIIth century evoking the moments of monastic life. Today it is divided into two parts: a public part belonging to the department of Aude and a private party, where a community of canons lives. The two sets can be visited separately.
The visit of the public part of the Abbey of Lagrasse
The visit of the public part allows you to discover the courtyard of the Abbey Palace, the cellar, the bakery, the monks' dormitory, the lower and upper chapels, the sacristy, the north transept of the church, a room dedicated to the Master of Cabestany and the ceremonial hall, in the heart of the abbot's private apartments.
For an accompanied visit, contact a tour guides.
You can also download the app Cathar Country, The Guide which offers a commented walk to accompany you during the discovery of the Abbey of Lagrasse. For the children and, download the application Castrum, the game so that they can visit the abbey while having fun!
The visit of the private part of the Abbey of Lagrasse
It is also possible to visit the private partcalled “Abbaye Canoniale Sainte-Marie”, administered since XNUMX by a community of Canons. You can admire the abbey church, the cloister, the conventual buildings of the XVIIIth century, the south transept and the garden. Warning, currently the garden, the tower and the transept are closed for works. In summer, visitors can attend an afternoon (every day except Thursday) at a guided tour by a canon. Themass and serviceswhose schedules are available here are sung in Gregorian according to the Roman rite.
The House of banquets and generations
The abbey, on the public side, also houses The House of Banquet and Generations, a cultural center dedicated to Books and thought including a library. Events are organized regularly. Watch them calendar !
The Heritage House
Another must-see in Lagrasse, The Heritage Housetakes place in a former presbytery with painted coffered ceilings from the XIIIth to the beginning of the XVIth century and a exhibition "Forgotten Images of the Middle Ages". It also houses the Lagrasse tourist information office.
Visit Lagrasse, one of the "Most beautiful villages in France"
The visit of Lagrasse, one of the most beautiful villages in France, offers the possibility to spend a very pleasant day and even more! Restaurants, local and artisan shops, Saturday morning market, swimming in the river, hiking or cycling… There is something for every taste !