About Lagrasse

Located in the heart of harsh and harsh Corbières, Lagrasse rests in an amphitheater where runs the Orbieu, river whose clear waters further enhance the mineral beauty of the site. This medieval city was the cultural capital of the Corbières. Famous for its abbey, the largest in the Aude and its village, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, it now has nearly 600 inhabitants.

The infrastructure built, the services, the various tradesmen and craftsmen as well as the rich associative fabric of our community contribute to this framework of so precious life. Welcome to this site, which is yours, where you will find all the practical information to simplify your daily life and inform you of the cultural events that animate our village.

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The Village

Founded by Charlemagne, the powerful Benedictine abbey of Lagrasse saw the development of a flourishing city on the opposite bank of the Orbieu. From the prosperity of the abbey was born the village. Famous for its cloth making business, this commercial city, largely turned towards handicrafts, hosted in the Middle Ages the largest market of the Basses Corbières.

Highlights of Lagrasse

The old ramparts

The old ramparts

From all the fortifications of the village still remain some vestiges, including the Tour de plaisance or Grand Tourreil, and the "Porte de l'Eau", the only town exit south side.
The old bridge

The old bridge

The "Old Bridge" donkey, which connects the town to the abbey, appears on a seal of 1303. It was redesigned in the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. The work, which consists of three unequal arches, was initially surmounted by two towers.
The hall

The hall

A veritable jewel of medieval architecture, the hall was converted in 1315 on the occasion of the transfer of the Lagrasse market, which was previously located outside the city. With its adjacent streets, the square was an important commercial center until the First World War.
St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Church

Located in the heart of the old town, the parish church is classified as a historical monument. Built from 1359 to 1398, the building is a typical example of the unique nave Gothic church in the region. Since the Revolution, Saint Michel de Lagrasse contains rich furniture mainly from the abbey.

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