With its canyon several hundred meters deep, the Gorges de Galamus surprise by their beauty and their immensity. The Agly has dug its bed over time offering today a true wonder of nature, overlooked regularly by the rapacity of the region. The site is characterized by its landscape diversity, with character. Several floral and protected faunal species gravitate to this site such as the Royal Eagle or the Great Horned Owl….
The highest in Europe
A truehuman feat, in the 1890s, a road was dug by a handful of men suspended from ropes and equipped with crowbars (an iron tool used to dig holes in the rock) as if in response to a challenge from the Eagle, the only one able to cross this exceptional site. This feat was recounted by the Saint-Paul poet Léonce Rives through an Occitan poem engraved above the tunnel. It marked the end of the work and the link between the two departments. The real reason for this passage was obviously economic, the inhabitants of the Corbières making their market on St Paul de Fenouillet. Discover this atypical road. Its visit is along this road of the 1900s.
Hanging from the cliff as if suspended in time, the hermitage, built into a natural cavity in the cliff overlooks the Gorges canyon and offers a “breathtaking” sight. The buildings seem to be present as early as 1395. It was around the XIVth century that hermits came to isolate themselves in the natural caves of the Gorges. They placed the site under the protection of St. Anthony. The XIXème century was that of the affirmation of the religious vocation of the Hermitage. The hermits would have succeeded each other in Galamus until around 1930, giving a spiritual dimension to the site (Rivière 1986).
Today come and visit the hermitage, retrace the history of this historic place.
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Opening hours: from Easter to mid-November from 11am to 6pm.