Sainte-Enimie Village

Gorges du Tarn Causses, France

Sainte-Enimie is a former commune founded in the 7th century by Énimie (according a legend a daughter of the Merovingian king Clothar II), who started a convent there after being cured of leprosy in the surrounding waters. It was the site of several monasteries, some of which still remain. Located in the Gorges du Tarn, it is a member of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“the most beautiful villages of France”) association.

Two monasteries, one male and one female, were built in the area but destroyed by invasions. Stephen, Bishop of Mende, requested that a Benedictine monastery be built there, and it was completed in 951. It became a popular pilgrimage destination due to the miraculous story surrounding its founding.

During the French Revolution in 1798, the monastery was destroyed and the town renamed 'Puy Roc'; however, this lasted only a short time.

In 1905, a road was built along the Tarn, giving the village greater commercial exposure. Starting in the 1950s, tourism became a major part of Sainte-Enimie's economy.

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Founded: 7th century AD
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Ben Brughmans (3 years ago)
Wow what an experience: the surroundings are astonishing, the towns are lovely, the atmosphere is perfect… the food is great. We really enjoyed visiting this region, and being here at the end of August seemed to be perfect, not too many tourists. Prices are also very affordable. We stayed 4 nights in ‘le Rozier’ at ‘Hotel de la Muse et du Tarn’ (which we can really recommend btw). Enjoyed the sun, the cool water of the Tarn or the swimming pool. The region has much to offer: hikes , via ferrata, nature (spot the vultures in the sky!), bungee jump… or if you just want to enjoy beautiful sights: it’s all here. We did the canoe with our daughters (9 & 11) from Le Rozier-Peyrelade (family proof, with a few faster parts), and the next day from La Malène - Pas de Soucy. Both were very nice, the 2nd one a bit more beautiful the 1st a bit more fun.
Frederick Revell (5 years ago)
Beautiful & cool on a hot September fay
gilbert mason (5 years ago)
Fabulous ! Don't forget to visit the Millau bridge....
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