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Saint-Hilaire-d'Aude Abbey
Abbaye Saint-Hilaire
St. Hilaire Abbey
43.093288° N, 2.308406° E
Rue des Caves
00 33 4 68 69 62 76

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  • Exterior

    by 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 →

  • History

    by 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 →

  • Interior

    by 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 →

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Bibliography of Saint-Hilaire-D'Aude Abbey

  1. Official Website of Saint-Hilaire-d'Aude Abbey. Web. Official website.
  2. Strafford, Peter. Romanesque Churches of France: A Traveller's Guide. Giles de la Mare. 2004. Print.

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
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July 11, 2014

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