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The Moulin paper mill in Brousse – the only mill in Europe producing hand-made paper sheets of 2.20 m x 3.40 m

The Moulin à Papier de Brousses et Villaret paper mill is located in Brousses, near Carcassonne. This is one of the last paper mini-mills in Europe, combining manual paper production with the organization of workshops and excursions for children and adults.

Paper Workshop

As you know, until the second half of the 19th century, paper production in …

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The fortified Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Hilaire is located among vineyards in the heart of the Cathar country

There is a fortified Saint-Hilaire Benedictine Abbey (fr. Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire) in Saint-Hilaire (department of Aude, France) that is just a 15-minute drive from the medieval city of Carcassonne in the heart of the Cathar country among the vineyards. The Saint-Hilaire Abbey has stepped over 10 centuries of history…

History

The abbey was built on …

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Calmont or “Bald Mountain” – a commune located in the Haute-Garonne Department in the Occitania region

Calmont (fr. Calmont) is a commune located in the Haute-Garonne department of the Occitania region, which was formed because of the two French regions, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénée. The town is located on Hers river and it borders the Ariege department.

The town’s name most likely comes from the Latin words ‘mons’ (mountain) and ‘calvus’ (bald) and …

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The Notre Dame d’Alet Benedictine Abbey ruins – a historical monument in the south of France

The Notre Dame d’Alet Benedictine Abbey is located in Alet-les-Bains, the French commune of Aude, Occitania. The abbey’s first mentioning dates back to the 9th century.

The abbey location is in the former Razès county. Notre Dame d’Alet Abbey was elevated to the episcopacy rank between 1318 and 1801.

The abbey had a warlike appearance, surrounded by …

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Yellow Train, an important part of the Cultural and Tourist Heritage of the Eastern Pyrenees (France)

The Yellow train (fr. train jaune)

There is the railway station in Villefranche de Conflent from which you can reach Latour de Carol. The normal gauge railway tracks change at the Villefranche – Vernet-les-Bains railway station to a narrow gauge railroad, which is for the yellow tourist train.

The railway’s construction began in 1903 and …

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The Abbey of Fontfroide founded as Benedictine in the 11th century (1093) by the viscount Eimeric I of Narbonne

The Abbey of Fontfroide (fr. Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Fontfroide) is an abbey in the department of Aude, 14 km southwest of Narbonne, founded as Benedictine in the 11th century (1093) by the viscount Eimeric I of Narbonne ( 1080-1106) and became the Cistercian in 1145.

Today it remains almost intact. The cloister is from the 13th …

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Sant Sadurní d’Arenys d’Empordà is a religious building in the municipality of Garrigàs (Alt Empordà) included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia

Sant Sadurní d’Arenys d’Empordà (cat. Sant Sadurní d’Arenys d’Empordà) is a religious building in the municipality of Garrigàs (Alt Empordà) included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia.

The building of the temple of Sant Sadurní is located on a hill 2.5 kilometers from Garrigàs. This church has a single nave with a semicircular …

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