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Minerve is in the list of “The Most Beautiful Villages Of France”

Minerve (fr. Minerve, Occitan: Menèrba) is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France. Nestled between two canyons covered in Mediterranean garrigue, Minerve is an imposing Cathar medieval city, listed among the most beautiful villages of France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France).

Built by the Viscounts of Minerve, the village …

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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.

It is the only remaining monastery …

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The Collegiate Church of Saint-Paul and its bells

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Paul (fr. Collégiale Saint-Paul de Clermont-l’Hérault)  is a Catholic church located in Clermont-l’Hérault, France1.

It has a beautiful interior, as well as aisles, something rare in southern Gothic. It has a large rose on the front.

The collegiate church has five bells:

The first bell, which weighs almost 2 tonnes and was melted in …

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Abbey Saint Félix-de-Montceau has been listed as a historic monument since February 12, 1925

The Saint-Félix-de-Montceau abbey (fr. Abbaye Saint-Félix-de-Montceau) is an old abbey located on the Gardiole massif, in the town of Gigean, in the Hérault department.

There is no exact date of the creation of the abbey, but a document confirms that the abbey already existed in 1104 under the episcopate of Godefroi, bishop of Maguelone (1080-1104). The …

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Balenciaga Museum in Getaria – born to be fashionable

The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum Collection is related to the professional career and personal profile of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the famous designer from Getaria, who dominated 20th century haute couture. The Museum has the task of conserving and increasing these collections, while making them more accessible and open.

He is called the trendsetter and the “royal tailor”, because …

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