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Saint - Guilhem - le - Désert

Exploring the medieval village

The village

VerdusThe village grew up around the Abbey in the 11th century and runs along the bottom of the Gellone Valley on the left bank of the Verdus, a small tributary of the River Hérault.

Around the village you'll see "cardabelles", beautiful thistles that close up to let you know that rain is on the way, attached to the doors of houses that blend into the landscape.


The church of Saint-Laurent (11th century)

A Romanesque church with a single nave, now home to the Tourist Office. Exhibitions and events are held in the church throughout the year.


The medieval fortifications

The prison tower (12th century) and the Château du Géant, the so-called Giant's Chateau, still provide evidence today of the village's system of defences.

> The Château du Géant and the Legend of the Magpie


Place de la Liberté

The square is dominated by a remarkable broad green plane tree, planted in 1855. The cool, shady feel is also accentuated by the presence of a Second Empire fountain, topped with a statue of Liberty. The area of the square resembles that of the Abbey cloisters. The houses here are either medieval or date from the Renaissance, and sit alongside the entrance to the abbey church and the fine wall of the monks' refectory.


The Monts de St-Guilhem-le-Désert

Place de la libertéThe medieval square is the starting point for a number of walks to explore the surrounding hills, the Monts de St-Guilhem-le-Désert, home to a rare species of tree, the Salzman pine:
 
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