Located at the heart of the Canigou mountain range on a rocky spur, the ancient Benedictine abbey of St. Martin du Canigou has discreetly overlooked the Cady valley since the 11th century and welcomes visitors to its unique setting. With its Lombard bell-tower, marble capitals, the abbey-church and vaulted crypt, it is a jewel of First Romanesque architecture. One of the highlights of Conflent’s Romanesque heritage, visiting the Abbey of St. Martin du Canigou also gives you a starting point for exploring the exceptional countryside.
The history of the Abbey St. Martin du Canigou
Built on a rocky peak, the abbey was founded in 1009 by Guifred II, Count of Conflent and Cerdanya. The ancient Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin du Canigou enjoyed a golden age until 1783 when it was abandoned, confiscated during the French Revolution some years later and finally bought by a local landlord..The ruins of the abbey were rebuilt and restored in the 20th century by the Catalan people. Since 1988, the abbey has been entrusted to the Community of the Beatitudes, whose mission is prayer and to welcome both tourists and those in search of spirituality.
The Abbey of St. Martin du Canigou is on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
The Community of the Beatitudes welcome tourists and pilgrims all year round for guided visits of the abbey and for worship. The Community also serves as a retreat for those in search of spiritual renewal.
Practical information for the Abbey of St. Martin du Canigou
You can access the abbey on foot. You should allow 30 to 50 minutes walking or by car with a 4x4 chauffeur service (book on 00 33 (0)4 46 36 23 15).
As the abbey is home to a community, only guided visits are permitted and unaccompanied visits are forbidden. Visits last 1 hour.
There are guided visits every hour. Please arrive in advance.
- Open from 01/02/2017 to 31/05/2017 - 10am to12pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays.
- Open from 01/06/2017 to 30/09/2017- 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm.
- Open from 01/10/2017 to 31/12/2017 - 10am to12pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Closed Mondays.
On Sundays and during religious festivals: morning visits are from 10am to 12.30pm and afternoon timings are as above.
Please note that the abbey is closed on Mondays from the beginning of October until the end of May. Annual closure in January.
Mass and services are open to all.
Contact details66820 CASTEIL
Tel. 00 33 (0)4 68 05 50 03
Fax. 00 33 (0)4 68 05 54 73