A jewel of Romanesque architecture and a spiritual high place, the Priory of Saint-Michel de Grandmont is an exceptional ensemble of vestiges of all periods in a grandiose landscape, classified historical monument. You can discover a wild park populated by deer and stag where the horizon extends to the sea. All year round, organization of seminars, receptions and cultural events as well as themati
A fitness trail so you and your family can explore the cave in a completely different way! A great alternative to a traditional guided tour. Brand new for 2016! For the first time, the same techniques used for treetop adventure walks have been applied underground, with various activities available such as rope bridges and flying foxes. These activities are not just fun and energetic, they also include a genuine guided tour with educational information about the cave’s geology. It's totally unique! There's a fun beginner’s lesson to teach you about climbing and potholing techniques in the form of an unforgettable 2-hour, 220-metre adventure! It starts at the exit to the lower galleries and finishes mid-way through the tourist trail. The Spéléopark is located in galleries that have not been
In a 700 m high dolomite cirque in the Terrasses du Larzac lies the natural entrance to the Grotte de Labeil, an old Roquefort cave where visitors have full access to the underground river. The sight and sound of the illuminated water is unique to behold. Follow the river to easily reach this living cave's richly coloured network of crystals.
Two religious buildings formerly stood on the site of the current cathedral. The first was built in around the 5th and 6th centuries (underground crypt) and the second was built by Bishop Fulcran and consecrated to Saint Génies in 975. The current Saint-Fulcran Cathedral was built in the Languedoc Gothic style in the 12th and 14th centuries. Initially dedicated to Saint Génies, it has been associated with the name Saint-Fulcran since the 15th century. The cloister was built in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The current cathedral has a remarkable polygonal apse. The rose window and stained-glass windows by Mauvernay, the great organ, the Saint-Fulcran Chapel and the Saint-Michel Chapel also merit attention.
The Musée de Lodève is currently undergoing extensive renovation and extension work. During this period the museum is continuing its activities outdoors, with lectures and workshops in winter and major exhibitions in the Cellier des Evêques every summer. The summer 2016 exhibition, “Alexandre Hollan, questions aux arbres d’ici” (questions to the trees), was held from 18 June to 6 November. For more than 30 years, Alexandre Hollan has been observing and painting the trees of Hérault again and again, translating his physical, spiritual and emotional experiences into paintings. He also writes about the meaning of his quest almost every day. Through the image of the tree, he questions how we look at things: “don’t look too hard if you want to see what is most important... “. Charcoal, watercolours, large-scale paintings, sketchbooks, audio recordings... there are 80 works to help us resonate with the artist’s vision.
A place to live or a place to stay? Feel at home, create your own space, build your own environment and share your experiences: these are the themes addressed by the Sens Europe association at Cantercel, an experimental site dedicated to living environments. In a stunning landscape with innovative architecture that lends itself to frank and open discussions, tours are organised on the first Saturday of each month and by appointment for groups. You can also sign up for an eco-housing course and stay at the “l’Oreillette” holiday cottage, where you can explore the subtle relationship between people and their environment and find out more about eco-materials and environmentally friendly building techniques.
An outstanding yet little-known heritage site, the Lodève apothecary is one of the last two pharmacies in Hérault to be preserved “in situ”. The 1½ hour guided tour provides information on the hospital’s important role over the last centuries and the relationship the institution had with its donors. The apothecary (or pharmacy) is the highlight of the tour. Restored a few years ago, it has a dispensary containing a large number of glass and porcelain jars in a remarkable state of preservation.
An extension to the Savonnerie, the royal and then national carpet manufacturer dating back to Henri IV, it was named after the former soap manufacturer that Louis XIII set up in 1627. The Lodève workshop was opened in 1966 and moved into new buildings in 1990. The workshop produces carpets by contemporary artists such as Paulin, Hajdu, Lalane and Morellet and reproduces carpets from the 17th to 19th centuries. The carpets are sent to the Mobilier National to be distributed to the offices of official building such as embassies, ministries and the Elysée Palace.
In a most beautiful and natural environment you can visit a magnificent Buddhist temple that is open to the public from April to October. Located to the northwest of Montpellier in France, Lerab Ling has established itself as one of the leading centres of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning in Europe. The temple is inspired by the architecture of ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
The St Pierre de la Fage mill is located in the north of the department of Hérault, on the Causses du Larzac and Hérault valley tourist road, not far from the Cirque de Navacelles. Built at a height of 620 m, it overlooks the Forêt Domaniale de Parlatges. Listed as a ruin in 1830, the municipality instigated the restoration of this mill in 2005. It is one of the very few old mills on the Plateau du Larzac to be renovated. It was the fourteenth renovation by the carpenter and mill specialist Mr Garibal and his team. It uses traditional methods and produces flour the old-fashioned way. Each visitor gets to take home small samples free of charge.
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