Bénévent l'Abbaye
Bénévent l'Abbaye

This multimedia tour is a dynamic way to visit Bénévent and discover its history and savoir-faire, thanks to its audio and video sequences.

1h10
1,9km
Steps
Departure :
1.
Religious buildings and communities

This sequence shows how famous architect Paul Abadie led an incredible renovation campaign on Bénévent’s abbey church during the 19th century.

2.
Religious buildings and communities

This sequence shows how famous architect Paul Abadie led an incredible renovation campaign on Bénévent’s abbey church during the 19th century.

3.
Religious buildings and communities

This video will help you to imagine what Bénévent abbey used to look like, back when the buildings around the abbey church, which no longer exist, were still standing.

4.

In the wall behind you, find the odd sculpted stone. What does it represent ?

5.
Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage

Meet Marc Bricard, a man who created terraced gardens just below Bénévent abbey church, much like monastic gardens back in the Middle Ages. In this interview, he explains the different plants’ medicinal properties as well as how some were used for their colours.

For further information, « Plantes et couleurs » association organizes various plant transformation workshops (inks, dyes, cosmetics…).

6.

This sculpted head is a modillion. What does it represent ?

7.
Religious buildings and communities

Before entering the church portal , watch this video. It will help you to understand the church’s main curiosities, especially its recumbent statue and its sculpted capitals.

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Traditions and beliefs

Pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela played an important part in the prosperity and notoriety of Bénévent. This sequence explains the tradition of pilgrimage.

9.
Landscape, garden and agricultural heritage

From the 19th century to the 1960s, Bénévent was renowned for its butchers, specialized in lamb meat. This is a video about that particular trade.

10.
Industrial, artisanal and commercial heritage

Discover Bénéventine, a local drink with a story of its own.

11.
Know-how and materials

The entire front of this house is covered in chestnut shingles, a local skill evoked in this video by Marc Richard, filmed using the old-fashioned technique.

12.
Arrangement of public space

Listen to how the town of Bénévent evolved in the 19th century, to improve its hygienic conditions and the lives of its inhabitants.

13.

The fountain isn’t originally from here. Where did it come from ?

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