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Atop a rocky peak, Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou is a historical abbey that dates back to the tenth century. An earthquake in 1428 caused severe damage. Much of the abbey was restored in the 20th century, resulting in the mostly intact structures you can visit now. The abbey church is actually made up of two superimposed churches. The lower one is dedicated to St. Mary, and the upper church is dedicated to St. Martin. Look closely at the upper church's construction, where you'll find three naves separated by monolithic columns. A small chapel houses the relics of St. Gaudérique. The cloister has been entirely altered from its original form, but you can read about the early construction. Work out when and for how long to visit Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou and other Casteil attractions using our handy Casteil holiday maker tool.
Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou reviews
We visited with our 10 and 12 year old children. We parked by the hydro-electric station and took an off-road hiking trail to the left of the hydro-electric building (small sign). Following the...
We visited with our 10 and 12 year old children. We parked by the hydro-electric station and took an off-road hiking trail to the left of the hydro-electric building (small sign). Following the... more »
Steep but scenic walk to the Abbey which is truly beautiful inside and out. We did attend the French tour and the guide approached us, advising she'd try and answer any question we had in English...
Steep but scenic walk to the Abbey which is truly beautiful inside and out. We did attend the French tour and the guide approached us, advising she'd try and answer any question we had in English... more »
This was our fourth visit to the Abbey and each time it has felt special. The walk up is steep and took me 50 minutes but someone younger and fitter can do it in 30. It feels more like a pigrimage...
This was our fourth visit to the Abbey and each time it has felt special. The walk up is steep and took me 50 minutes but someone younger and fitter can do it in 30. It feels more like a pigrimage... more »
Absolutely spectacular scenery. A fully restored and functional monastery. A must see
Lovely place to visit, but some might find the steep path a struggle. Lovely mountain, forest walk though, with lots of birdsong. The abbey has limited tour times so give yourself time to walk up there. The place itself is full of interest and is very photogenic. Well worth a visit.
Beautiful nature, mountain and savor of history at the end. Renovation continue, you get detailed commentation in french, but you also get basic information in 14 languages and you can taste atmosphere of places during visitation. Road is OK, but you need big lungs :-)
Amazing place, wonderful hike
Abbaye Saint-Martin-du-Canigou • 📍 - 66820 Casteil, France • The abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou is a monastery built in 1009 in the Pyrenees of Northern Catalonia on Canigou mountain in present-day southern France near the Spanish border. Pau Casals wrote a composition entitled "Sant Martí del Canigó" for Orchestra. • • #the360Travel #travel #travelgram #travelling #traveladdict #travelphotography #holiday #holidayseason #beautifuldestinations #wonderful_places #wonderfulplaces #wanderlust #travelgoals #vacation #travelaroundtheworld #instatravel #traveltheworld #landscape #landscapelovers #beautiful #travelawesome #nature #naturephotography #roadtripping #travellife
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