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Church interior of Saint Guilhem-le

Inside, the Abbaye de Gellone has a church with magnificent, tall pillars, a lovely old organ, some medieval rooms, a cloister and a small museum.

Cloister side with sloping ceiling, Saint

A couple of the arched side galleries of the cloister are nice, but much of the cloisters and the original sculptures now reside in The Cloisters Museum in New York City (USA).

The part of the cloister that remains here is, on the north and west sides, is the first part constructed, in the 11th century. The east and south galleries were built in 1205 and included sculptures. Upper galleries were added around 1300.

Most of the cloisters were were pulled down at the beginning of the 20th century, and the cloister sculptures were sold in 1906, ending up at The Cloisters in New York City.

Beautiful organ pipes in the Saint

The organ was built in 1782-1789 but not finished, although playable. The organ's completion was stopped by the French Revolution. In 1804 it was planned to transfer the organ to Notre-Dame-des-Table in Montpellier, but someone substituted the name of Saint-Thibéry in place of St-Guilhem-le-Désert. [We don't suppose the people of Saint-Thibéry are too pleased about that.]

Restoration began in 1968, and continued in the1970's and 80's. Final restoration occurred beginning in 2000 and continued until 2014.

Reflecting pool, cloister garden of the

The Museum of the Abbaye de Gellone is located inside the main abbey, in the Salle du Réfectoire des Moines. Entry to the Abbey is free, but there is a small charge of €2.50 (in 2014) for the museum. Both the abbey and the museum are open year-round.


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