The Abbey Saint-Michel

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81600 Gaillac
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The Abbey Saint-Michel

The Abbey Saint-Michel is intimately tied to the origins of Gaillac, a silent witness to the town’s long history.

In 972 AD the Bishop of Albi handed some land to a group of Benedictine monks, instructing them to found an abbey there. These monks also set about the business of winegrowing – with great success, it must be said – which contributed to Gaillac’s economic development and to the town’s burgeoning reputation both in France and further afield across Europe.
Ravaged by the Protestants, rebuilding work began in 1570.

If you want an amazing view of the Abbey rising up from the River Tarn, just take a short walk onto the Saint-Michel bridge and look back. The red brick and ochre tones of the building are symbolic of the town of Gaillac, and they blend beautifully with the colours of the sunset.

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Kevin P Tempe, Arizona
Trip advisor 2019-10
Especially interesting if you are into tools
This small museum is a mixed bag, What it has a lot of that you won't see in many museums, are medieval and later tools and hardware. There are door locks, hinges, nails, dies, building tools, and on... More
74lucilles Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
Trip advisor 2018-08
Day trip to Gaillac
We visited the T1 and then the Museum of the Abbey. Since everything is in French, the young women in the TI gave us an English guide. However it was very much out of date and the numbers on the... More
psychprofessor Starkville, Mississippi
Trip advisor 2017-09
Nice Museum, Particularly for the Size of the Town
We toured this museum with our tour group when we were in Gaillac. It's mostly a wine-making museum, but there are other artifacts. For example, there are old coins, parts of Roman mosaics, canes or... More

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