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“Not for travel sickness sufferers”

Le Prieure de Serrabone
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Prades
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Genval, Belgium
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“Not for travel sickness sufferers”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

The drive through the mountainous range to reach the Priory is quite demanding, and it can be a serious problem for people who are not comfortable with altitude driving. Once there, the visit can be done in an hour, the building being quite small. Do not miss the garden and its collection of olive trees, from where you'll have a breathtaking view of the Priory with the mountain range in the background.

Visited September 2013
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“The drive makes the visit so worthwhile”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

The sign on the N116 states ‘Access 25mn’ and that is precisely the time it took us to follow the windy road up to the priory car park. The walk from the car park takes another 5 minutes or so.

The priory is yet another religious buillding in the area that was located some distance from the main valley road and in times past it would have been a long hard slog to reach on foot, or even horseback. The road itself is an adventure in driving with countless sharp bends as the road rises to the priory but it does provide superb vistas of the thickly wooded hillsides.

The priory – or rather the first church on the site – dates from 1069 with alterations and additions over the following centuries. The priory you see today is the result of restoration work undertaken between 1906 and 1922 and since 1968 the priory has been in the ownership of the regional authority. What makes Serrabona so special is the three-arched tribune in the chapel. This is made from rose marble and has been intrically carved with religious symbols. Definitely worth seeing as it is so different from anything else.

Incidentally, the surrounding gardens are well laid out and maintained with most of the plants labelled so it is a bit like a mini-botanical garden and would be a delightful place to relax in warm weather.

The priory is signed from the N116 between Ille-sur-Tet and Vinca travelling west from Perpignan.

Visited April 2013
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“Don't miss this beautiful site if in the area!!!”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

Fairly long winding track up from the main road but well worth it and half-way up there's a lovely little roadside cafe with excellent foods and gifts. the priory is fascinating, so peaceful with some beautiful planting outside, would also be a lovely spot for a picnic. If you are into Knights Templar etc. this is a must see

Visited September 2011
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