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Belleperche Abbey

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The Belleperche Abbey was in the 13th century one of the three most powerful and wealthy Cistercian monasteries of South of France.
The initial abbey was built in the middle of the 12th century when a monk community that joined the Cistercian order moved in the present location.
During the Hundred Years Wars and the Religious Wars the monastery was at different times partially destroyed. It was later rebuilt at the beginning of the 17th century and in the beginning of the 18th century extensive construction work gave it the shape that can be seen today.
Nowadays the monastery houses the "Table Arts" museum. The permanent exhibition "The dinner is ready!" ("La Table est mise!") describes the evolution of the objects used and the dinner manners starting with the Medieval times.

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Address:82700 CORDES TOLOSANNES
Latitude:43.9856
Longitude:1.1490
Visiting Hours:From May 2 to September 30:
Tuesday to Saturday: from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm
Sunday: from 2pm to 6 pm.
From 1st of October to 30th of April by appointment only for groups of more then 5 persons.
Free entrance.

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