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A welcome to any visitor to Lagrasse incorporates the invitation to travel back in time from the current affairs and attractions of this plus beaux village de france, to the cradle of European civilization in which it nestles; the oldest discovered skull in Europe sits in the museum of Tautavel barely 20 miles south and has been dated to 450,000 years old. Truly our ancestors walked here before us, and settled in the area.

More recently, in 783, the ruling King of the Francs, King Charles 1st decreed the construction of the Abbey which still dominates the skyline of Lagrasse today, and indeed marks the period of construction of the current village around its vital communication link, the bridge!

A devoted christian, King Charles 1st is often referred to as The First European, for his unifying principles and has come to be known to us through history as Charlemagne.

1209 saw the beginning of the Albigensian Crusade with the sacking of Beziers, north east of Lagrasse. The subject of the Cathars is a vast study in itself to be recommended and Lagrasse is surrounded by the Chateaux and historical events that tell the story, most notably the unesco world heritage site of Carcassonne, which lies 30 miles to the north west.

Today Lagrasse offers all the amenities expected by a modern visitor and is a marvelous hub from which to explore the treasures of the area; treasures to be shared and discussed over a glass or two of wine maybe, you are after all visiting the largest wine producing region of France! Welcome to Lagrasse.

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Here are some links to websites
that provide information on the crafts, culture, sights and history
of Lagrasse

In case you were unsure...
The terroir or canton is Lagrasse,
in the department of the Aude,
in the appellation of Les Corbières,
in region of Languedoc Roussillon.


www.lagrasse.com
The Official Tourist Information site for the Canton of Lagrasse in the heart of Les Corbieres, the largest wine producing part of France in the foot hills of the Pyrennes.

www.payscathare.org
Find out about the Benedictine abbey founded in the VIIIth century...

www.languedoc-france.info
The Cathars were a religious group who appeared in Europe in the eleventh century, their origins are something of a mystery. Find out about the Cathars and Catharism in the Languedoc...

www.corbieresweb.com
A super little guide with ideas about what to do in Les Corbieres, where the sun shines for 300 days of the year...

www.homehuntersfrance.com
If you are thinking of buying property in the region, try this website for houses, businesses and building land for sale in Aude, specialising in the Corbières.

www.france-beautiful-villages.org
Lagrasse has the honour of being included as one of the official, 'Most Beautiful Villages In France. Find out more here.

www.terroir-france.com
Corbières is one of the largest wine appellations in France. To distinguish the wines, Corbières is divided into 11 terroirs such as Sigean, Lézignan, Boutenac and Lagrasse. Find out more with this guide to french wines.

www.cheese-france.com
The French Cheese Guide - information about the most popular French cheeses.

maps.google.co.uk
This link will lead you straight to lagrasse.

www.odetoaude.com
A great guide to whet your appetite for all things Aude..

www.lagrasse.net
The website for a luxury house in Lagrasse dating from the 14th century. It accommodates eight people and is situated in the Place de la Halle.

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