Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains
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Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains

Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains

Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains

Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains

Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains
 
Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains

Abbaye Sainte-Marie d'Alet (more commonly known as the Abbey of Alet les Bains), is situated between the Aude river and the Pyrenees mountains in the heart of Cathar country.

The abbey is considered by some to be the most beautiful ruin in France.

To see:
Resplendent in its mountainside setting, the ruined abbey is characterized by warm colors that soak up the sun.

Of the original abbey, remains of two towers can still be seen, St. Michael's Tower (north) and Notre-Dame Tower (south).

The small chancel is well-preserved. The pillar capitals are ornately decorated with vegetation and geometric patterns.
  Specialities

To the north of the church is the Romanesque chapter house, with interesting motifs on its capitals.

Other attractions of the town of Alet-les-Bains include a natural spa and medieval houses, including one in which Nostradamus may have lived.

Founded circa 813 AD and consecrated to the Virgin Mary, the monks of the abbey adopted the Benedictine rule. The abbey was damaged by the attacks of the count of Carcassone in the 11th century, but survived due to its relics of the True Cross which attracted pilgrims. Repair and further construction were undertaken in the latter 12th century, including the addition of defensive walls and trenches in 1197.

In 1318, became a cathedral. A Gothic choir was added. In 1577, the abbey was destroyed by Protestants during the Wars of Religion. It was never completely rebuilt, and what remained of the abbey was further destroyed in 1792.

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Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains

Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains

Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains
  Opening Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains:

- 12 april to 30 june - From 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00
- 01 july to 31 august - From 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 19:00
- 01 september to 31 october - From 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:00
 
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Equipments and Services:
 
  * Shop
* Disabled reception
* Individual guided tours
* Group guided tours
* Pets allowed
* Unguided group visits
* Unguided group visits
* Groups Accepted
  Sightseeing
 
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  Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains
 
Leisure - Museum - Castle - Abbey
 
Abbaye d'Alet-les-Bains,
Avenue Nicolas Pavillon
11580 ALET-LES-BAINS
 
Phone +33 4.68.69.93.56
Fax -

Email -
accueilabbaye@aletlesbains.com

Website -
www.aletlesbains.com

Rates, Methods of payment -
Adults: 3.50 €
Children: 2.00 €
 
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