The cities of the Pyrenees and around with Andrew Morato

Guadalupe – one the most important pilgrimage centers in the Iberian Peninsula

La Puebla de Guadalupe, or Guadalupe, is a Spanish municipality and town in the province of Cáceres, in the autonomous community of Extremadura. It is located in the community of Villuercas-Ibores-Jara and in the judicial district of Logrosán. The closest towns by road are Cañamero, Alía, Castilblanco, Logrosán and Navalvillar de Ibor.

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The Church of the Archangel Michael on Costa Blanca

The Church of the Archangel Michael (Sp.Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa San Miguel Arcángel) is a temple of the Spanish-Portuguese Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church between Alicante and Valencia (Costa Blanca), Valencian Community.

The golden domes of the temple will surely attract the attention of travelers on the section of the road between Calp and Altea.

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The Monastery of Notre-Dame-de-Prouille – the “cradle of the Dominicans”

The Monastery of Notre-Dame-de-Prouille (Fr. Monastère de Prouilhe), is the “cradle of the Dominicans”, where the first Dominican house, a monastery of nuns, was founded in late 1206 or early 1207. It is located in the Pyrenees, France, at the point where the road from Castelnaudary to Limoux crosses the road from Bram to Mirepoix.

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Ars-sur-Formans and the Presbytery of Saint Curé d’Ars

Ars-sur-Formans is a commune in the Ain department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, located about 30 minutes by car from Lyon.

Religious heritage

The commune has several religious buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

The Croix des Combes (Combes Cross) (1853)
The Monumental Cross of the 1847 Jubilee (1847)
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Trizay – former Benedictine priory from 11th century

The Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste priory of Trizay is a former Benedictine priory founded in the eleventh century. Located in Trizay, in the French department of Charente-Maritime, in the former province of Saintonge, it was a dependency of the Abbey of Chaise-Dieu. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

Long abandoned, it was restored in 1994. The convent buildings …

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Sablonceaux Abbey and its Notre-Dame church

Sablonceaux Abbey (fr. Abbaye de Sablonceaux) is a former Augustinian monastery located in Sablonceaux in the Charente-Maritime department of south-western France. It is now occupied by members of the Chemin Neuf Community. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

In 1962 André Malraux, Minister of Culture, ordered the restoration of the sanctuary, which took twenty …

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The Abbey of Caunes-Minervois founded in 780

The Abbey of Caunes-Minervois (fr. Abbaye Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul de Caunes-Minervois) crosses time, from its famous Romanesque bedside to the Maurist cloister. You can also visit the archaeological remains of the medieval cloister and the Carolingian church founded in 790. Since 2015, the convent buildings have housed comic books, in partnership with the Brussels Comic Museum (CBBD).

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Gellone Abbey – UNESCO heritage

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Abbey or Gellone Abbey (fr. L’abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert ou abbaye Saint-Sauveur de Gellone) is a Benedictine abbey in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Hérault in France, 40 km from Montpellier. It was founded in 804 by an Aquitanian aristocrat of the Carolingian era, William of Gellone (742-812), known in Occitan as ‘Guilhelm’.

It was listed as a historic monument …

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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory – the only remaining monastery of the Order of Grandmont entirely preserved

Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (fr. Prieuré Saint-Michel de Grandmont) is a former monastery of Grandmontine in the commune of Saint-Privat, in Hérault, France. The priory is located in a wild area in heart of an oak forest, about 10 km from Lodève, 70 km from Béziers, 60 km from Montpellier.

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