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Lodève

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

Lodève - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault
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A certified City of Art and History, Lodève reveals its charms at the confluence of two rivers, the Lergue and the Soulondre. Located between Larzac and Salagou, it is considered the "capital" of the higher lands of Hérault. Its rich architecture is evidence of its past as an influential episcopal city.

Lodève owed its power to the textile industry, manufacturing cloth for the uniforms of the royal infantry troops in the 18th century. It would remain the textile capital for two centuries, until its last factory closed in 1960. The Lodève workshop, an annex of the Savonnerie national manufactory, continues to weave exceptional carpets for prestigious places such as national monuments and embassies, using a technique dating back over four centuries. You can also visit the apothecary of St. John's Hospital, which exhibits a fine collection of glass and porcelain jars, as well as the harmonious episcopal palace which now houses the town hall.

The Gothic Cathedral of St. Fulcran, built in the 12th and 14th centuries, is worth a visit to admire treasures including a remarkable polygonal apse, rose window and stained glass windows, pipe organ and impressive crystal chandelier. As for Lodève Museum, based in the former Cardinal Fleury mansion since 1987, it exhibits collections of archaeology, paintings and sculptures, including some by Paul Dardé, a famous local sculptor.

The city offers many other attractions, such as its seven bridges built at different times, or its many private mansions. It's also worth taking the time for a stroll along the two rivers that run through it.

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Lodève

City of Art and History and ancient city fabric.

City Lodève, sub-prefecture of the Hérault, enjoys an exceptional natural and cultural environment. It is located less than twenty minutes drive from Lake Salagou, the tray Grézac, caves Labeil and the Abbey of Grandmont, and within fifty minutes from Navacelles, Saint-Guilhem-le- desert, gorges of Herault and Vis, La Couvertoirade, Avène, the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Languedoc, Millau, Montpellier, Lamalou-les-Bains and the beaches.

Located on the course of an important trade route, Luteva knows first boom in the Gallo-Roman period. It is essentially in the Middle Ages that is developing the plan of the city. The episcopal city is organized around the cathedral, shopping and popular city developed at the confluence of Lergue and Soulondre, the suburbs are emerging in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The remains of the fortifications reflect the troubled times of the late Middle Ages and the wars of religion.

Things to see and do

The National Factory for Soaps, Workshop Lodève. It is the only Schedule for Soaps in Paris. This unique place where exceptional weave carpets for embassies, national monuments, at the Elysee Palace and the collections of the Mobilier National, perpetuates a weaving technique of almost four centuries.

The old apothecary of the Hospital of St. John: Heritage exceptional and misunderstood, the apothecary of Lodève is in the Herault, the second "in situ" with that of "the work of Mercy" in Montpellier. Visit every Monday at 10h and 14h. Information and reservation at the Tourist Office and Lodévois Larzac +33 4 67 88 86 10.

Lodève Museum (closed Mondays). Information at +33 4 67 88 86 10.

Workshop Italian cuisine at 13 rue Paul Dardé in new Italian shop.

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Events and festivities

Temporary exhibitions at the museum Lodève.

Summer animation: Escape Game at the Lodève Museum
Summer animation: Little Dino Stories
Summer animation: Fake Excavation Workshop / Real Researchers
Exhibition Lebelen - Belle Epoque

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Lodève
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City view of Lodève
City view of Lodève
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Apothecary hospital Saint Jean de Lodève
Apothecary hospital Saint Jean de Lodève
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Manufacture of Soap (© S. Quencez)
Manufacture of Soap (© S. Quencez)
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Museum Lodève
Museum Lodève
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Way Grezac around Lodève
Way Grezac around Lodève
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory, Lodève (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory, Lodève (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (© Frantz)
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Lodève
Lodève
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Cooking class parent / child Wednesday afternoon
Cooking class parent / child Wednesday afternoon
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Cooking class parent / child Wednesday afternoon
Cooking class parent / child Wednesday afternoon
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Cooking class parent / child Wednesday afternoon
Cooking class parent / child Wednesday afternoon
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The priory of Saint-Michel Grandmont to Soumont is an architectural gem. Historical Monument, this gem of Romanesque architecture is the only Grandmontain monastery of the twelfth-thirteenth century preserved in its entirety.

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