Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

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L'Abbatiale de

Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe
Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

Saint Polycarpe is situated near the town of Limoux on a stream which is a tributary of the Aude. The town is 7 km from Limoux, 8 km from Saint-Hilaire, 24 km from Carcassonne, 31 km from Mouthoumet and 42 km from Lagrasse. Saint-Polycarpe is located on the Green Meridian, the Paris Meridian. Founded in 783 by Athala, a Spanish nobleman who fled his own country when it was invaded by Muslims, St. Polycarp was in its beginnings, a Benedictine monastery with a few houses attached to it and surrounded by vineyards. Polycarp was a Bishop of Izmir in Turkey and a very important Saint in early church history. The church of Polycarpe in the Aude is named in honour of this Saint.

Exit Saint-Polycarpe towards Buc. Take a left path up towards the villas. Ledge to climb right on the crest of a trail. Follow the ridge line. Take the left path and after a vine go to Villar-Saint-Anselme. Cross the village to join the D51. Go in front. At the fork, go up to the left. At the pylon, take the left path and a vine on the right trail. Entering the woods. Follow the ridge to the left and turn left onto a path that goes down. Pass under the high voltage line to get on the road before the field Gibert. Follow it to the left until a pylon before the D51. Take along the vine and find a path to the Arboretum Yves Duteil. Then back down to Saint-Polycarpe via a path left...
  The Abbey of Saint-Polycarpe is one of the oldest monastery's in the country and region of Rhedez. Its creation is nevertheless after that of the the founding of the famous Abbey of Alet, which is nearby. A Spanish nobleman named Attala left his homeland - which had been invaded by the Saracens (*), and then settled in the region called Rhedesium and retired to a small monastery, almost a simple hermitage, situated on the banks of the stream called Rieugrand and which bore the name of the monastery of St. Polycarp. Attala became prior of the convent and the place, and thanks to its wealth, became largely endowed. Charlemagne granted the abbot Attala certain privileges which were confirmed and expanded by his successors, Charles the Bald and Louis the Debonair. Nevertheless it is, if we can say so, a courtesy we give the convent of Saint-Polycarpe the name of an abbey. It was originally a simple priory and despite repeated competitions from the abbots of Lagrasse, St Polycarpe always remained under the control of the Abbey of Alet. Indeed, in a council held at Toulouse, in 1119, under the presidency of Pope Calixtus II, the only priests who had the right to attend the meeting, in conjunction with the bishops of the region, were those of Lagrasse, Aniane and Alet. Therefore, the Sueperiors of the other monasteries of the region were merely only trustees or priors. It was precisely during this council that it was confirmed in favour of the Abbey of Alet, possession of the monasteries of St. Polycarp and Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet.


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Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe

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Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe
- Distance
- 8,4 km
- Mini Altitude
- 230 meter
- Departure
- Avenue de Mauzac,
- Type
- Loop
a - Max Altitude
- 380 meter
- Vertical drop
- 375 meter
- Duration
- 4 Hours
- Markup
- Yes
- IGN reference
- 2346O
- Difficulty
- Easy
- Coordinates
- 4.05219,
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Opening Randonnée L'Abbatiale de Saint-Polycarpe:

- 01 january to 31 december    
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