The man behind the name Saint Cyprien

The man behind the name Saint Cyprien image

La Grande Vue is nestled on the hillside of St Cyprien, an idyllic little town that you are bound to fall in love with on the first day of your holiday in the French country-side.


The history of this medieval city is entwined in the 12th century bell tower and abbey church on the hilltop. Around the year 620, a hermit named Cyprien settled in a cave upon the Dordogne valley. He gradually built up a monastic community around him and barbaric invasions in the 9th Century forced the monks to build defensive walls and the bell tower, which you can still visit today.


In 1076, the monastery was flourishing and Bertrand de Got, Archbishop of Bordeaux (next Pope Clement V) placed it under his jurisdiction. However in 1568 much of it was destroyed during the Religious Wars. The monastery was rebuilt around the 12th Century bell tower in 1685. In April 1791 it was declared a national asset and was sold to the town for 8,125 francs and renamed “Temple of Reason dedicated to the Supreme Being”.


Today it is classed as a Historical Monument and is open to the public. Meander up the winding streets and cobblestoned paths for a visit during your stay. Enjoy the picturesque views of the Dordogne River and look out for the 17th Century organ and gold wood in the church, chosen by André ISOIR, the St Germain des Prés organist in Paris, to realize some records for his Bach executions, as well as other organists. Organ concerts take place every summer in July and August.

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