The Abbaye de Fontcaude is a 12th century abbey in Cazedarnes, 20 km from Beziers. Ruined after the Revolution, the abbay has been an amazing restoration. It now offers its looks roman abbey, cloister, oil mill, museum of Gothic sculptures and a bell foundry from 12th century.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Geoffrey Earl (2 years ago)
Calm and ambient atmosphere . quite well maintained.
Debbie Mc (2 years ago)
Very interesting & beautiful
Tim Nichols (2 years ago)
Awesome
Dan Milnor (2 years ago)
It looked lovely from the outside, sadly it was closed despite it being past the opening time of 1000hrs. Shame really as I had just cycled for an hour and a half :-(
Russ Pinder (3 years ago)
Never got in.. no wheelchair access through main entrance and no attempt to offer an alternative entrance. Very disappointing and a waste of a trip!
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