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Minerve

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault

Minerve - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hérault
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Cathar town situated at the confluence of the Brian and Cesse rivers, the village of Minerve forms a magnificent set with its unspoiled natural setting, its bridge and its houses perched on a rocky mountain spur. Besides its Paleontology and Archaeology museum, Minerve is a wonderful place for walkers, with its natural bridges, real tunnels dug into the cliff.

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Minerve

Minerve remembers Cathar epic, surrounded by deep gorges carved by the confluence of the Brian and Cesse. Placed at the end of a limestone plateau, Minerve is a mineral village in the heart of the Languedoc scrublands.

Historical capital of the Minervois Cathar country and city, Minerve sits on a rocky outcrop, about forty kilometers from Béziers. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, it is located ten kilometers from Olonzac to thirty kilometers from Saint-Pons-de-Thomières. The city emerges in the middle of the limestone plateau, protected by deep gorges of Brian and Stop. The water has shaped amazing natural bridges.

Frequented since the Bronze Age, the territory of Minerve has continued to grow over the centuries. A true natural oppidum formed by the two canyons of the Stop and Brian, the village appears in the texts as a common fully in the Carolingian period. Besieged in the early thirteenth century in the struggles against the Cathars, it was the scene of many deaths at the stake of people refusing to renounce their faith. Again destroyed during the religious wars, then he knows calmer times.

Today Minerve is mainly focused on tourism thanks to its exceptional heritage and its unique landscape, but also to the viticulture with the production of AOC Minervois.

The territory "City Minerve, Gorges of the Cesse and Brian" is engaged in a process to obtain the label Grand Site de France.

Things to see and do

Built between the 11th and 12th century, the Saint-Etienne church is classified as an historic monument. It reveals a stone architecture typical of the region. While strolling in the alleys of the old center, you will also not miss to admire the ramparts, the door of the Knights Templar, the barbican, the castle, the candle of the XIIIth century with the bow of the village, the low door and the tower prison, the leprosarium, or the bridge-viaduct of the early twentieth century.

Gateway to the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc, Minerve also has a unique natural heritage including the two natural bridges of the Cesse accessible on foot in the dry season, or landscapes of vineyards, garrigue, olive groves or chestnut trees.

To learn more about the history of the village and its surroundings, head to the archaeological museum. Do not miss to discover the museum Hurepel which restores the history of Catharism in the area.

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Village Minerve
Village Minerve
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Rainbow sky on Minerve winter
Rainbow sky on Minerve winter
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Village Minerve
Village Minerve
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natural bridge
natural bridge
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Village Minerve
Village Minerve
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Panorama (© J.E)
Panorama (© J.E)
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Natural Bridge (© J.E)
Natural Bridge (© J.E)
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Plan walks around Minerve
Plan walks around Minerve
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Minerve quoted Cathar
Minerve quoted Cathar
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Minerve quoted Cathar
Minerve quoted Cathar
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