Sarrance Monastery

Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

Sarrance Monastery belonged to the Betharram Fathers who had replaced the Premonstratensians who left after the French Revolution. The Premonstratensian order founded their monastery in this place in 1345, the site of a Marian pilgrimage dating from the 12th century. They maintained religious services in this place, served the parish and welcomed pilgrims and travellers on the Roman road to Santiago de Compostela.


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Founded: 1345
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)


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Arjen Veltman (2 years ago)
Not special
cecile lanneau (2 years ago)
Very nice place for peace and relaxation. In a green setting that is the mountain. Pilgrim friends, do not hesitate to come and discover the place to ensure your rest.
Carlos Dos Santos (2 years ago)
Very well received by Brother Pierre and Alex a dream setting and a very good moment of Pleasure to visit
Trendy Niké (parkourpavlocampeon) (3 years ago)
I am a pilgrim and I spent one night in this monastery. I must say it is magical and beautiful. I really liked the hospitality, the generosity and the humanity of the hosts. Very interesting dialogues. Thanks a lot and see you soon! ??
Chrystelle Champ (3 years ago)
Small, magnificent village, very beautiful.
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