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Natural sites & Monuments

Roc Castel, cirques, grotte, romanic architecture, episcopalian city, industrial textile center or even a buddhist temple, all our attractions & mustsees ! 



Located in the "Causses et Cévennes" area, which was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Cirque de Navacelles, listed among the "Grands Sites" of France, offers its visitors a breathtaking panorama.


Lake Salagou is an artificial lake fed by the Salagou River. The lake’s 750 hectares stretch across the towns of Clermont l’Hérault, Liausson, Octon, Salasc, Celles and Le Puech.


Archaeological sites, ancient and prehistoric


Some parts of the magnificent Grotte de Labeil cave have been arranged so the public can take a tour “off the beaten track” in complete safety. It also gives cave lovers the chance to become potholers.


Located in Lodève, the covered market was built in 1819 on the site of the former Saint-Pierre parish church. It is now open to the public as an original venue for the Lodève sculptor Paul Dardé to display three of his imposing works: “Le Christ aux Outrages”, “La Cheminée Monumentale” and a cast of Neanderthal man.


This area offers first-class views of the Lergue valley. For centuries this has been a crossroads on the route between Hérault and Aveyron. Over the years, it has evolved to meet the requirements of changing modes of transport and today the route climbs the mountain as a cornice road towards the Causses du Larzac (Larzac plateaux).


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.


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.


Construction periods: First half of the 20th century. Property of the municipality. The monument shows a group of four women and two children in front of a recumbent figure, symbolising their pain after the loss of a father during the First World War, 1914-1918. It was the first armed conflict to involve so many countries from all over the world. There was heavy loss of life, with more than 8 million dead and 6 million crippled.


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.

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