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Address: Abbaye El Palau, Arles-sur-Tech, France
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+33 4 68 83 90 66
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Nice complex, including mysterious sarcophagus

You enter from the tourism office directly in the nice flowered cloister, from which you can enter in the abbey, with its painted counter-absyde and baroque altars. Outside, a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 July 2016
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Lausanne, Switzerland

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The abbey is quite lovely and well worth a visit. It has an interesting history in that outside is a sarcophogus from which flows fresh water - the origin of which has a number of explanations. The abbey has a beautiful cloister while inside the church are some old frescoes. It was a pleasure to be in such a beautiful... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

You enter from the tourism office directly in the nice flowered cloister, from which you can enter in the abbey, with its painted counter-absyde and baroque altars. Outside, a mysterious Visigoth sarcophagus, protected by a gate, isolated from the wall and the floor, from which every year is possible to extract pure fresh water whose "creation" has not been fully... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Radio France holds regular concerts here with excellent musicians and the concert hall is a wonderful stone arched hall with an interesting acoustic, although somewhat uncomfortable chairs and the temperature can be quite warm in summer. There is usually a small buffet of local fruit etc. afterwards while you can mingle with the locals and discuss the music heard.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2015

Amazing abbey that is well worth the visit. Incredible altars, beautiful cloister and some old frescoes. This abbey has an interesting history, "miraculous water", and is very well maintained. It is worth the small entrance fee although surprising to find an entrance fee for a church in France. Be sure you check the hours it is open before going. Almost... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

If you're passing and driving pop in. If not, and you are planning to make a trip by public transport and go out of your way, it's not really worth it. There's nothing spectacular in either the architecture or the decoration. The town itself is fairly dowdy too. Not recommended

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