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Caunes-Minervois

The village is located on the left bank of the Argent-Double and it encircles the Benedictine Abbey which was the original settlement founded in 982. The Carolingian structure was widened in the XII century and also later on. The abbey survived the crusade of the XIII century and the religious wars of the XVI century, but it was destroyed during the French Revolution. A campaign for its restoration has been active since the 90s and it is open to visitors. The old town is worth visiting as well and is characterized by paved streets and interesting Renaissance buildings dating back to the XV and XVIII centuries. Numerous fountains and irrigation ditches are also worth a visit. Excellent aoc “Minervois” wines are produced in the Caunes-Minervois area.

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