Saint-Hilaire-D'Aude Abbey Saint-Hilaire, France c. 1250-1350
This medieval abbey near Carcassonne has a lovely Gothic cloister and an important work of Romanesque art: the carved sarcophagus of St. Sernin (c. 1150) by the Master of Cabestany.
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- Saint-Hilaire-d'Aude AbbeyAbbaye Saint-HilaireSt. Hilaire Abbey
- 43.093288° N, 2.308406° E
- Rue des Caves11250
- 00 33 4 68 69 62 76
Exteriorby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
What remains of the abbey today dates mainly from the 13th and 14th centuries. The Romanesque church at Saint-Hilaire has a short floor plan, almost Greek-cross shaped, with a single nave, square transepts and a large semicircular apse at the east end. On the north side of the church is the lovely Gothic cloister (c. 1330), built under Abbot Bertrand of Touron (1323-40), consisting of 54 pointed arches supported by slender double columns. The capitals are eroded and mostly carved with foliage designs. Next to the cloister is the Capitulary, with an impressive 16th-century painted ceiling. continue reading →
Historyby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The earliest chapel on this site was built by St. Hilary, the first bishop of Carcassonne, in the 6th century. Hilary was buried in the chapel. In the 8th century, an abbey was founded here and the monks replaced the small chapel with a larger church. The abbey was connected with St-Michel-du-Cuxa Abbey in the 10th century. On February 22, 970, the relics of St. Hilary were discovered and the abbey was re-dedicated to him instead of St. Sernin, the first bishop of Toulouse. continue reading →
Interiorby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The short Gothic nave (1257) is furnished with wooden pews and a pulpit and has a cozy feel to it. It terminates in a simple round apse at the east end. The left transept, now a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, contains an altarpiece of gilded wood dating from the 17th century. It was originally installed in the town's parish church but was moved here in 1726. continue reading →
Day 5: Crossing Northern MontanaPosted October 19, 2014 by Holly Hayes Part of: Pacific to Mississippi Road Trip
Day 5 was mostly about making good eastward progress, so I spent most of my time behind the wheel. As usual, I had rejected the usual freeway route (I-90 in this case) in favor of a smaller highway (Highway 2), and was glad I did.
Day 4: History and Hiking in Glacier National ParkPosted October 13, 2014 by Holly Hayes Part of: Pacific to Mississippi Road Trip
104 years ago, President Taft signed a bill designating Glacier National Park as the 10th national park. Today there are over 50 national parks, but Glacier is still one of the largest and most notable. Called the "Crown of the Continent," it contains over 1 million acres of mountains, lakes, hiking trails, historic sites, and wildlife. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1995.
Day 3: A Sunny Autumn Day in Kalispell, MontanaPosted October 7, 2014 by Holly Hayes Part of: Pacific to Mississippi Road Trip
I spent two nights in the small town of Kalispell, Montana, and had a great time. The sun was shining, the leaves were turning colors, the downtown was quiet and walkable, there were many good lodging options and interesting things to check out, and it's right next to Glacier National Park. Highly recommended.
Day 2: Spokane to KalispellPosted September 28, 2014 by Holly Hayes Part of: Pacific to Mississippi Road Trip
The first night of my road trip was spent at Spokane's historic Davenport Hotel, built in 1914. It's an impressive place with impressive history:
Day 1: Portland to SpokanePosted September 24, 2014 by Holly Hayes Part of: Pacific to Mississippi Road Trip
This is the first post in a series on a roadtrip from Oregon to Minnesota - and possibly beyond! As usual, I'm avoiding freeways, visiting historic places, staying in historic hotels, and eating in historic restaurants. The first day I drove from Portland, OR to Spokane, WA, with many stops along the way.
- Official Website of Saint-Hilaire-d'Aude Abbey. Web. Official website.
- Strafford, Peter. Romanesque Churches of France: A Traveller's Guide. Giles de la Mare. 2004. Print.
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