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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

Historic capital of the Minervois country and Cathar city, Minerve takes place on a rocky outcrop, about forty kilometers from Béziers. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, it is located ten kilometers from Olonzac and thirty kilometers from Saint-Pons-de-Thomières.

Frequented since the Bronze Age, the territory of Minerve has grown steadily over the centuries. A veritable natural oppidum formed by the two canyons of Cesse and Brian, the village appears in the texts as a full-fledged commune in the Carolingian period. Besieged at the beginning of the 13th century during the battles against Catharism, it was the scene of many deaths at the stake of people refusing to abdicate their faith. Once again devastated during the wars of religion, he then knows quieter times.

Today, Minerve is mainly oriented towards tourism thanks to its exceptional heritage and unique landscapes, but also to viticulture with the production of AOC Minervois wines.

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.

Places of interest

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Events and festivities

My Best Image of the Natural Park of Haut Languedoc

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Village Minerve
Village Minerve
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Arc -en-ciel on Minerve winter
Arc -en-ciel on Minerve winter
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Minerve Village
Minerve Village
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Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge
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Minerve Village
Minerve Village
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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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Map hikes around Minerve
Map hikes around Minerve
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