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Beautiful spot in a lovely village

A bit off the beaten track, but if you can find it, I would recommend going there. A great and... read more

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kyrretamber
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Romanesque Abbey but dating from much earlier still, as early as the 3rd century AD

St Hilaire Abbey is located in a small village sharing the same name. If you are a cat fan, there... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
1Walkabout1
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

The abbey is being restored by the village and they raise some of the money by charging €5 to see through the buildings. We thought it was worth it end enjoyed the history of the place and the decorated ceilings and walls in some of...More

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Reviewed today

A bit off the beaten track, but if you can find it, I would recommend going there. A great and peaceful experience.

Thank kyrretamber
Reviewed 25 August 2018

The remains of a beautiful Romanesque abbey with the abbatial church now serving as the parish church. On the face of it, access is subject to an entrance fee being paid (which we duly did) but, as the former abbey church is now that of...More

Thank Jonathan M
Reviewed 30 June 2018

St Hilaire Abbey is located in a small village sharing the same name. If you are a cat fan, there are some lovely souls here and there and in the Abbey and local shops. One, a ginger gentleman puss was very friendly, the shop owner...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Situated in a small town not too far from Carcassonne. Car parking, if not possible on the main road, is plentiful on the side road adjacent to the abbey. The abbey is wonderfully serene, the cloisters very picturesque, and the whole place has a fascinating...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

The abbey is being restored by the village and they raise some of the money by charging €5 to see through the buildings. We thought it was worth it end enjoyed the history of the place and the decorated ceilings and walls in some of...More

2  Thank Stephenwr
Reviewed 18 September 2017

a short side trip from limoux or carcassonne. good for 1-2 hours, 5euro is reasonable, lady at reception very helpful and professional. if you like sparkling wine, you can learn a lot here too.

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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Nice to see but doing the tour on your own I left the impression that I have missed interesting things around.

Thank Sergi L
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Visited the Abby as part of a tour that included Blanquette vineyards and winery's. Was very worthwhile and was j treating to learn about the history of Blanquette and St Hilaire We stayed about an hour, which was plenty of time.

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Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

A wonderfully quiet and partly restored 12 c abbey where the story goes the monks accidentally invented sparkling wine. Dom Perignon was one of them. Beautiful peaceful cloisters, abbot's lodgings and the abbey church which contains a remarkable carved marble altar by the Master of...More

1  Thank ninianom
Reviewed 2 May 2017

The main buildings are in good repair and present a variety of architectural styles fitting for a place that was used from 780 AD to the present (the last priest left in 1996 but the church is still used). The restoration of the painted ceilings...More

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Abbaye H, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye de Saint Hilaire, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Hello, Thank you for your nice comment . We are glad to read that you have spent a lovely time, discovering the abbey. Hoping that your whole journey was this good. With best regards, Fabien.

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