Arles-sur-Tech is best known for its abbey, which allegedly holds the relics of Saints Abdon and Sennen in a sarcophagus called Sainte Tombe, traditionally believed to have been brought from Rome 10th century. Its waters are traditionally believed to hold miraculous healing properties.

The Benedictine abbey of Sainte-Marie was founded in 778 and is the oldest Carolingian abbey in Catalonia. The main square contains the houses which were the first to be built around the abbey. The Abbey Sainte-Marie has a beautiful gothic cloister built in the 13th century and a large and impressive 18th century organ. Its most curious item though is a 4th century sarcophagus which once contained the relics of Saints Abdon and Sennen.

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Founded: 778 AD
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Christelle Sitja (2 years ago)
Très apaisant serein très agréable
Christine Combes (2 years ago)
Magnifique abbaye
Fabienne Savy (2 years ago)
Dommage que le sarcophage ne puisse plus être approché
Jean-Pierre Campigli (2 years ago)
Une très belle Abbaye a visiter assurément,le prix a payer un peu cher d'après moi mais la visite est interessante . Attention aux heures d'ouverture.Gratuit après 16h30.
Ulric-Michel-Gaston Dippe-Chartier (3 years ago)
Belle visite. Déçu tu viens avant 16h30 payé 4 euros. Après 16h30 c'est gratuit. J'ai demandé à être remboursé j'ai pas être arnaqué. Il y 20 ans ont ne payais pas et on passé par toutes les entrées aujourd’hui condamné par des grilles.
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