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Abbaye de St-Michel de Cuxa

Abbaye de St-Michel de Cuxa Review

One of the gems of the Pyrénées, the medieval abbey's sturdy, crenellated bell tower is visible from afar. If the remains of the cloisters here seem familiar, it may be because you have seen the missing pieces in New York City's Cloisters Museum. The town's music festival, founded by cellist Pablo Casals in 1950, is primarily held in the 10th-century pre-Romanesque church—the biggest in France—a superb aesthetic and acoustical venue. The six-voice Gregorian vespers service held (somewhat sporadically; call to confirm) at 7 pm in the monastery next door is hauntingly simple and medieval in tone and texture.

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  • Address: 3 km (2 miles) south of Prades and Codalet on D27 Prades, 66500 | Map It
  • Phone: 04–68–96–15–35
  • Cost: €5
  • Hours: May–Sept., daily 9:30–11:50 and 2–6; Oct.–Apr., daily 9:30–11:50 and 2–5
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  • Location: Prades
Updated: 02-21-2013

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