Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou, France


The Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou is a well-known Benedictine monastery in Southern France.  Dating to the early 11th century, it's situated in the Pyrenees Mountains, on lands that were part of Spain until the mid-17th century Treaty of the Pyrenees.  The monastery was heavily damaged by an earthquake in 1428, and shortly before the French Revolution it was abandoned by its monks.  The complex was restored over the first three decades of the 20th century, and today it's occupied by the Catholic Church's Community of the Beatitudes. 

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