The Abbey of St. Mary of Lagrasse is a Romanesque Benedictine abbey in Lagrasse, southern France, whose origins date to the 7th century. It is located in Languedoc, near the Corbières massif, c. 35 km from Carcassonne.
Despite a legend attributing its creation to Charlemagne, the monastic community was founded in the 7th century by the abbot of Narbonne, Nimphridius, who adopted the Benedictine rule. It was elevated to the rank of abbey in 779 and enriched quickly thanks to donation from lords from the neighbourhood and the county of Barcelona, acquiring lands, castles, priories and other assets. During the 12th century it ruled over a large territory encompassing the dioceses of Toulouse and Béziers and the county of Urgell.
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