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Capestang and its collegiate church

A collegiate is a church entrusted to the care of canons subject to ecclesiastical rule. The collegiate church in Capestang was built in perfect Gothic style in 13th and 14th Centuries, on the remains of an old Roman church, by the same team who built the cathedral in Narbonne. From close up the two monuments have a strong resemblance.

In spite of its unfinished aspect, this building is very interesting with its rib vaulted apse. The choir is magnificently illuminated by stained glass windows depicting the main protagonists of the Jewish/Christian religion. Finally, from the top of the bell tower (accessible .during visiting hours), there is a fabulous view of Capestang’s ‘étang’ –(the dried up lake), the hills of the Clape, the Narbonne plain and in the distance, the Canigou peak and to the North the foothills of the Massif Central. Capestang was one of the residencies of the Archbishopric of Narbonne. The Château des Archevêques dates from 14th Century.

It has recently been restored and is open to visitors, the ceremonial reception hall has a painted ceiling (15th Century), reminder of the castle’s prestigious past.

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