Social Programme


Wednesday, July 16
20h - Opéra Berlioz, Le Corum
Orchestre National de France
Wagner, Stephan, Schubert, Brahms...

A Conference Banquet in a magical place

A gala dinner will be organized on Thursday evening, the 17th of July 2014, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Abbaye de Valmagne, a gothic abbey near Mèze and the Etang de Thau (buses will bring us in 45 minutes from Montpellier to this venue).

From the 12th to the 13th century, Valmagne was one of the richest abbeys in South of France.

The actual church in classical Gothic style was begun in 1257 on the foundations of the original Romanesque chapel, which had become too small for the ever-increasing number of monks. Inspired from the great cathedrals of the North of France, it has 83 meters long and 24 meters high.

Confiscated as a national property during the French Revolution, the abbey was sold in 1791 to Mr Granier - Joyeuse who turned the church into a vine cellar.

The cloister has the exquisite charm of the Tuscany's garden, with the Chapter House and its ribbed voult, witness of the presence of the monks since the 12th century, and its elegant and magnificent fountain bringing the most pure and fresh water from the spring of Diane.

Open to the public since 1975, Valmagne is well known to all archaeologists and lovers of old monuments.

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