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Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa

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Address: route de Taurinya, 66500 Codalet, France
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Well worth a stop

A tastefully-renovated ruin, now a magnificent building. The restoration was aided by Pablo Casals, and the building is host to a Casals memorial performance each year.

Reviewed May 12, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2015

A tastefully-renovated ruin, now a magnificent building. The restoration was aided by Pablo Casals, and the building is host to a Casals memorial performance each year.

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Andover, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2015

Stopped off on way to another attraction, and is a nice place to stop for a couple of hours. Reception very welcoming and spoke English and had an English welcome guide. Tour starts with a short film talking about the history of the building. You then walk in crypt and underground cellars before coming back into the main grounds. The... More 

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Thank TraceyS1964
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed March 25, 2015

Beautiful and authentic. Can be reached on foot from Prades. The cloisters are an area really peaceful and inviting to meditate. The views of the mountains from the surroundings are fantastic. Really recommend the walk from Prades if possible.

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Thank PetBlaze
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2015

Visited here on a south of France road trip whilst driving from Andorra to Argeles-sur-Mer. The abbey was very quiet with only a handful of people and one tour group whilst we were there which I think made a huge difference. It was more atmospheric walking through the cellars and the church whilst in silence and the building itself is... More 

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Thank TravelBugDW
Riberac, France
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 20, 2014

Not being an avid hunter of ancient monuments,I went to this monastery to appease my more cultured friends,but I was won over by its atmosphere of peace. It is a beautiful setting and the buildings are in a good state of preservation. With a mix of underground caverns,fresh air cloisters and a solid church and tower,it made an ideal subject... More 

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1 Thank noonetoo499
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Half of this abbey's cloister is now in the Cloisters Museum in upper Manhattan (part of the Met). But the half that is left, and the rest of the Abbey, make a visit well worth it. The setting, amid the mountains, and the clean Pyrenees air, beats anything in NYC.

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1 Thank climatelawyer
London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed June 21, 2014

An abbey, well restored with a view of Canigou to die for. Always worth a visit, but especially for the irises in April/May. Go to a concert during the Festival and see it at night. AND TELL THE YANKS TO GIVE BACK THE BITS OF THE CLOISTERS THEY HAVE IN NEW YORK!!

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1 Thank WSimonL
Islesford, Maine
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2013

We went at the very end of a November day. There was no one else visiting. The 10th to 12th century monastery is spare and elegant. A monument of and to great spirituality. Too bad that the Cloisters Museum of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York doesn't return the extraordinary sections of cloisters that the Rockefeller's 'bought' after World... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is set in the countryside with a vfantastic view of mt Canagou in the backdrop. We went on a Sunday when access was free (Patramoni). You make your own way round the site. There is an Englishcard you can borrow to guide you round. Some of the Crypt and lower parts of the visit are quite dark and you... More 

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Lyon, France
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4 reviews
Reviewed August 27, 2013

It is an enchanting place to hear a concert especially when you think at the time Pablo Casals played there!

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