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Monestiés

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn

Monestiés - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn
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Some twenty kilometres from Albi, by the river, the medieval village of Monestiés is a peaceful place to visit in the department of Tarn. Its origins are said to date back to the 10th century, and it now offers a rich heritage of old half-timbered and corbelled houses, ancient fortifications and cultural treasures.

Among the unmissable sights of Monestiés, be sure to visit the Chapel of St. James and see its twenty life-sized statues in polychrome stone! True jewels of medieval art, they represent the final episodes of the Passion of Christ, with a statue of Christ on the Cross, a Pietà and an Entombment, all three dating from the 15th century.

Then take a stroll through the village streets to discover other traces of the past: the 12th-century Candèze bridge, crossed by the pilgrims on the Way of St. James, the Griffoul fountain, the Church of St. Peter around which the village developed...

Also be sure to go and admire the works of Francisco Bajén and Martine Vega, a couple of Spanish painters who went into exile in Tarn, at a museum about them based in a 15th-century stately home.

Then take it easy on the banks of the Cérou to fully appreciate this village full of rural charm, awarded the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" label as one of the nation's most beautiful villages.

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Monestiés

At the bend of the river, on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela, the village appears surrounded by the Strings, walks occupying the former location of ditches and ramparts. At its heart, the houses clustered around the church of Saint Peter.

In the first half of the tenth century, the Shrine and its surroundings are given Déodat, abbot of Saint Salvy, College of Albi by Louis IV overseas territories. The village name "Monestario" appears for the first time in the texts. He recalls this monastic affiliation, perhaps the existence of a small monastery could have been built to house a few monks in charge of worship. But the occupation of the site is even older: 600 meters from the village, an oppidum established at the confluence of Cérou Ceret and shows that the iron age, men were already living in the valley. A few centuries later, they will leave the heights to settle on the site, near the Roman road linking Rodez in Toulouse.

Strolling in the village, walks in the surrounding countryside allow to find these traces of past and discover the richness, the variety of landscapes of this region and Causse Ségala Rouergat meet.

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Village Monestiés
Village Monestiés
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The Cérou
The Cérou
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Door to inside the village
Door to inside the village
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village Gateway
village Gateway
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Relax on the shores of the lake
Relax on the shores of the lake
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Old Square
Old Square
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Pont
Pont
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Monestiés Village
Monestiés Village
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Village Street
Village Street
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Rue de l ' church
Rue de l ' church
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the Direct
the Direct
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River Monestiés: Cérou
River Monestiés: Cérou
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Statuary Monestiés: the Virgin Mary and Mary Cleophas
Statuary Monestiés: the Virgin Mary and Mary Cleophas
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Statuary Monestiés: Mary Magdalene
Statuary Monestiés: Mary Magdalene
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Monestiés painting Museum: Francisco Bajén
Monestiés painting Museum: Francisco Bajén
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Monestiés painting Museum: Francisco Bajén
Monestiés painting Museum: Francisco Bajén
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Monestiés painting Museum: Martine Vega
Monestiés painting Museum: Martine Vega
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Monestiés painting Museum: Martine Vega
Monestiés painting Museum: Martine Vega
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Flea market on the Strings of Monestiés
Flea market on the Strings of Monestiés
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traditional horse festival
traditional horse festival
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Festival
Festival
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St. Peter's Church of the sixteenth century
St. Peter's Church of the sixteenth century
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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St. Peter's Church - Cross medieval
St. Peter's Church - Cross medieval
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Saint Peter's Church
Saint Peter's Church
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Candèze bridge
Candèze bridge
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Candèze bridge
Candèze bridge
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Candèze bridge
Candèze bridge
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Candèze Cross on the bridge
Candèze Cross on the bridge
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Ruelle village
Ruelle village
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Fontaine - the 1645 Griffoul
Fontaine - the 1645 Griffoul
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Castle Monestiés
Castle Monestiés
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village lane
village lane
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village lane
village lane
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City Hall
City Hall
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Arches of the old square
Arches of the old square
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Hiking, mountain biking, tennis, petanque, lake Roucarié (canoeing, rowing, sailing...).

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