Tarn's Gorges Capital
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Whatever the place from which one comes to Sainte-Énimie, landscapes are enchanting and give the feelings to penetrate in the medieval world.
Sainte-Énimie, medieval city, rises in tiers upon one of the most tightened passages of this gorge.
On a green-stuff carpet slicing with the dazzling white of limestones of the Gorges of the Tarn, from terraces to broad staircases, from tortuous narrow streets to pebble paved lanes being inserted under narrow vaulted passages, Sainte Énimie clings to the steep steps of cliffs between Causse of Sauveterre and Causse Méjean.
The "capital" of the Gorges of the Tarn draws its name from a Merovingian princess. Pretty Énimie, King Dagobert's sister, refusing to marry with the one which had been chosen to him, prayed lengthily and will finish by being struck by leprosy.
It's here, in Burlatis, in Burle spring waters, where she will find the remedy for her evil illnesses and her demons. Liberated from her pain, Énimie will settle in a very near cave. She will found then a monastery, rised in XVth century upto the rank of Abbey.
Here is for the legend. A thing is sure : since, Burlatis is called Sainte-Énimie.
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A flanery randomly through the picturesque lanes of the village makes it possible to appreciate its true treasures : medieval houses, quasi-secret passages by which one walks on while bowing oneself, the corn exchange...
The old monastery : one can still discover there the crypt and the chapter house. Around the monastery the old fortifications ruins remain.
The living museum "Le Vieux logis"(The Old Home), in an old house of Ste Énimie.
The church of XIIth century, where one can admire panels of modern ceramics, from Henri Constant, illustrating the legend of Ste Énimie.
The Fountain of Burle is a resurgence of rainwaters fallen on Causse of Sauveterre.
Patrimony : knowledge of the architectural and environmental Sainte-Enimîe heritage. Guided tour. Information OTSI Gorges of the Tarn and Grands Causses. Tel : 04 66 48 53 44
Son et lumière : in the rocky cirque of Saint-Chély-of-Tarn, one of the most spectacular of the Gorges of the Tarn. Every evening in July and August, starting from 22h
Climbing and pot-holing : graduate monitors are at beginners disposal for an initiation, or for skilled sportsmen to discover this exceptional site differently. Information OTSI Gorges of the Tarn and Grands Causses Tel.: 04 66 48 53 44
Night markets : in Sainte-Énimie, every Thursday evenings in July and August, until midnight.
Bowls game :
Contest of petanque every saturday after 21 hour (Spring of Burle)
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