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    • The village of Sainte-Engrâce surrounded by forests, mossy knolls and meadows that lend themselves to pasturing, is renowned for the Kakuetta grottos and also for its 11th-century Romanesque church, Santa Grazi.

      The Navarre Abbey of Leyre founded the Romanesque church of Santa Grazi in (1085), and named it after a young Portuguese nobleman who took refuge here from persecution. The Abbey became a major stopping point on the Saint Jacques Way because of its pilgrims' hospital. The listed 11th-century church, the only survivor of its prosperous era, displays a wealth of rare architecture, and is a pure exponent of Romanesque art. Beside it lies the cemetery studded with discoid steles that testify to the mysterious past.

      A splendid amphitheatre is formed by nature and the mountains as far as the eye can see, where the 210 inhabitants of Sainte-Engrâce perpetuate their peaceful lifestyle, geared to farming (sheep, cattle and horses), producing local gourmet products (traditional local cheeses) and tourism.

      Discover La Grotte de La Verna here !

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Province : Soule

Location : L'église
64560 Sainte-Engrâce


64560 Sainte-Engrâce

GPS coordinates

42° 59'43.87"N, 0° 48'35.4"W

Traveller Reviews

4.3 sur 5 28 reviews

  • Jérôme GARRET

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Jérôme GARRET on 27/07/2019

    Belle église romane basque Intérieur très sobre Architecture romane idéale pour expliquer ce style aux enfants. Cimetière étonnant où l'on rencontre plus de croix des croisades que de croix basques. A faire au retour de la grotte de la Verna

  • Martine Trouchet

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Martine Trouchet on 24/08/2019

    Quelle beauté que ce paysage et cette petite église du XIeme siècle. A découvrir en toute simplicité et recueillement

  • Alex Perez

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Alex Perez on 24/09/2019

    Joli petite église si vous allez au Gorges de kaketa ou à la grotte de la verna prenais le temps d allez la voir elle est pas loin

Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 73 reviews

  • "Beautiful tiny church in the foggy village at the foot of the Pyrenees."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by tintagomba (Eschborn, Germany) on 12/09/2017

    Beautiful tiny church in the foggy village at the foot of the Pyrenees. We drove through when crossing the mountains - and it did worth to pull over.

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  • "Fascinating Basque church; cute village"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Susan S (Boulder, Colorado) on 04/02/2016

    If you're going to visit le grotte de La Verna (a huge - nay, immense cave), this village is a good base. But the church - it's a little masterpiece. Yes, it's been restored, but gracefully and...

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  • "good provincial take on Romanesque style"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by John U (Saint Louis, Missouri) on 20/09/2015

    This church has a very picturesque location, and is typical of the Basque Romanesque style. The church is rightly known for its carved capitals and Basque disc grave markers, some of great antiquity.

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