Advent 2023: restoration of the transept

Launched at the beginning of the summer, the restoration of the south arm of the Romanesque transept is progressing apace; The first phase of work was impressive; After preparing the area, including the installation of a crane, a concrete slab was poured on the ruin floor; Workers erected scaffolding all over the site; This enabled…

Transept restoration video

Removal of partition wall Between the ruined walls of the transept, workers from RBMH are making good progress; Following the casting the concrete slab, they quickly raised the scaffolding against the facades of the church arm. Soon, the entire volume of the transept was lined with metal structures; Workmen now have access to the walls…

Ready for winter

This autumn, work has resumed on the transept, to complete the preparatory work on the site; Two milestones have given a new dimension to the work area; First, a plasterboard wall was erected between the choir and the south aisle; In fact, RBMH’s workers quickly knocked down the wall isolating the south arm from the…

Here we go again !

Work starts again ! After long months of waiting and preparation, work has finally resumed at the abbey! The second stage of our Grand Relèvement project, this ambitious project aims to restore the transept, which has been in ruins since the French Revolution; At the foot of the bell tower, workers from RBMH are hard…

Why restore Lagrasse Abbey?

At the beginning of the restoration of our bell tower, in January 2020, we organized a round-table discussion with qualified guests at the Réfectoire des Cordeliers in Paris; Our aim was simple: to define with them the profound issues that justified the rehabilitation of France’s great religious monuments; Why embark on such an adventure? Why…

Literary meeting at the Bernardins

On February 22, an exceptional Rencontre Littéraire crowned the adventure of our book Trois jours et trois nuits; Supported by our publishers Editis and Fayard, the Collège des Bernardins welcomed us into its admirable great nave, an exceptional 12th-century Cistercian vessel;   Despite the latest health constraints and the February vacations, over 500 people came…

Fifteen writers at Lagrasse

“Writers have loved Lagrasse. There, they found friends, advisors, guides, simple men above all. No one was there to convince the other. But the gamble was not won in advance” writes Nicolas Diat in his preface… What happened at this abbey in the Corbières region between Carcassonne and Narbonne? Forty-two young canons live a life…

The gardens of Lagrasse Abbey

Lagrasse Abbey has a number of enclosed garden areas, documented in archives dating back to the Middle Ages; They have been redeveloped since the installation of the canons; The bible garden is located to the east of the church, south transept and bell tower. Open to all visitors, it includes some thirty biblical plants with…