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Saint Papoul Abbey

Saint Papoul Abbey, site of the Pays Cathare, is housing the most important collection of large scale works of the Master of Cabestany in Europe.

Founded during the 8th Century by Benedictine monks, this outstanding architectural complex is an invitation to meditate.

The cloister is a typical example of Southern French Gothic (early 14th Century) and the church, a Romanesque building (12th Century), had its choir restored during the 18th Century with an impressive set of Baroque furnishings and paintings. In the former refectory transformed into an exhibition room are shown casts of works of the Master of Cabestany, an important anonymous sculptor of the 12th Century Languedoc.

With its friendly souvenir shop and numerous cultural events, Saint Papoul Abbey in definitely a must-see in Lauragais.

 

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