L’abbaye de Villeneuve les Maguelonne

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Created in 1030 by Arnaud, bishop of Maguelonne, the abbey reaches its apogee in the 12th and 13th centuries. It welcomes and hosts several popes. It then transforms into a defensive location in the 13th century and became an important bastion of the papacy during the Albigensian crusade.

With Girona and Saint Guilhem le desert, it is one of the important poles of the church in Occitania. It was gradually abandoned and the episcopal headquarters were abolished in 1536 to be definitively established in Montpellier. The revolution privatized it. It reverts to the property of the diocese of Montpellier in 1949.

Renovation works and archaeological excavations begin in 1967. In 2002, stained glass windows designed by Robert Maurice and Duchemin are set up representing “the shock wave of a pebble falling in the water”. The interior visit of the abbey is interesting in every respect.

The Chapel of Saint Augustin is the last vestige of the initial cathedral of the 11th century. The transept and the apse go back to the 12th century and are of primitive Romanesque style.
We can also discover a Visigothic sarcophagus as well as other curiosities.

Contacts & Details

Lieu dit Maguelone 34750 Villeneuve-les-Maguelone

Sunday:

09:00 – 18:00

Monday:

09:00 – 18:00

Tuesday:

09:00 – 18:00

Wednesday:

09:00 – 18:00

Thursday:

09:00 – 18:00

Friday:

09:00 – 18:00

Saturday:

09:00 – 18:00