Abbey Alet Les Bains 2017.14.02 ©alain François (24)Abbey Alet Les Bains 2017.14.02 ©alain François (24)
©Abbey Alet Les Bains 2017.14.02 ©alain François (24)|Alain FRANCOIS
Sites of the Cathar Country

Abbey of Alet-les-Bains

The abbey-cathedral with its impressive remains
The must-haves

At the very heart of the medieval city of Alet, the Abbey Cathedral of Notre Dame stands as a major monument, revealing its archaic, romantic and gothic elements to lovers of fine stonework, as well as to the simple philistine… Walking through the streets of the village, the impression of being on board a time machine will be very strong. From the ancient Roman columbarium to the medieval houses to the beautiful mansions of the renaissance, a few steps will be enough to travel through the centuries.

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The remains of a central nave dating from the XI-XIIth centuries and its sculpted Romanesque decorations impress by its dimensions. The gothic choir, including the Romanesque apse, unfolds with its five radiating chapels, 4 of which were destroyed just after the revolution. In their place nowadays Avenue Nicolas Pavillon and the houses which border it. The vaulted chapter house with its sculpted capitals is a magnificent example of Gothic architecture.

Ancient origins

Located in the heart of the medieval city of Alet, Notre Dame Abbey offers a unique architectural ensemble of remarkable dimensions. The origins of the Benedictine abbey remains not well known. It was an important place of pilgrimage from the eleventh century onward around a fragment of the True Cross. At this time, the abbey attracted the favor of the popes and became, in 1318, the cathedral when the bishopric of Alet was created.

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Store

Books on the territory, postcards, souvenirs

Catering

Restaurants in the village

Tourist information

Reception and tourist information center

Guided tours

Let yourself be guided through the narrow streets of the village, discovering its history and its legends

Vineyard & Discovery

Place labelled Limoux, Vignoble d’Histoire & de Légende

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Through time and eras

In the XVIth century, Alet was strongly marked by the religious wars: the cathedral and the former abbey were sacked and destroyed in 1573.

His impressive vestiges of beautiful ochre sandstone read like a vast art book in which Romanesque and Gothic elements blend.

Thermal waters & ancient stones

The picturesque medieval village features beautiful old houses made of stone and half-timber from the Romanesque period to the XVII centuries. 21 buildings are listed or classified Historic Monument.

The small town also has several springs of thermal waters, they supply the washhouse, swimming pool, fountains…This mineral water is one of the oldest in France, exploited since the Roman period.

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