Saint - Guilhem - le - Désert
Exploring the medieval village
The villageThe 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 fortificationsThe 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.
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