Church of St. John the Baptist Abbeys, Churches, Monasteries, Priories in Larrau

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Location : Mountain

Province : Soule

  • English
    • This building, undertaken in 1193, was originally the chapel of a hospital - priory dependent on the Abbey of Sauvelade. The small rectangular nave was extended in the first half of the 16th century to the west, with a bell tower and framed to the east by two side chapels. The damage suffered during the wars of religion led to reparations in 1655. The church, abandoned during the Revolution, served as a fodder shed during the passage of a troop of 10,000 men, before becoming a parish church.

      The church still retains a Romanesque apse today and has been listed in its entirety as a Historic Monument since 2003.

      It was the subject in 2008 of a restoration of its interior and its furniture.

      In addition, sound and light equipment, lasting 40 minutes, was installed to retrace the rich and intimately linked history of the village and its church, through the enhancement of the furniture (classified or registered), vaults , stained glass windows…

      A history marked by the passage of pilgrims who went to Santiago de Compostela, via the Saint Joseph chapel, built in 1656 at 1300 m altitude by the monks of the village. A history steeped in the way of life of breeders, witnesses of the harshness of mountain and cross-border life.

      Prices: audio guide 2€ for 45 minutes (self-guided tour)

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Traveller Reviews Church of St. John the Baptist

4.5 sur 5 6 reviews

  • Julie Quedeville

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Julie Quedeville on 30/07/2019

    Such a charming church, in an equally charming village. A magnificent setting: nestled in the mountains, the Saint Jean-Baptiste church is located in the heart of the very small village of Larrau, which has retained all of its authenticity. A church, a fountain, a pediment for playing Basque pelota, it's all there!

  • SB

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by SB on 11/11/2022

    Beautiful church with its Saint Jacques stained glass window. I love the cemetery around the church 🤩

  • guy colin

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by guy colin on 10/07/2021

    Very well presented, the sound and light (put 2€ in the machine) is very well done and very interesting

Traveller Reviews Church of St. John the Baptist

5.0 sur 5 3 reviews

  • "Une parenthèse agréable"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by jean-lucm64 (Bayonne, France) on 11/08/2020

    Une vraie découverte pour ceux qui aiment l'art et l'histoire de la Soule. Un son et lumière remarquable est proposé en 4 langues ... C'est un endroit où on a vraiment envie de rester pour méditer ou...

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  • "au coeur du village"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Margot B on 07/11/2018

    L'église se trouve au cœur du village. très beau monument authentique avec son cimetière. Belle ballade dans le bourg.

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  • "Sur la route de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Pierre G (Toulon, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France) on 13/12/2016

    Construite en 1193 par les moines Bénédictins de l’Abbaye de Sauvelade (au sud d’Orthez), afin de compléter par un lieu de culte le prieuré-hôpital déjà très fréquenté par les pèlerins sur le Chemin...

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Church of St. John the Baptist

Address

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
64560 Larrau

GPS coordinates

43° 1'6.34"N, 0° 57'19.45"W

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