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The Abbey of Sylvanès


A jewel of Cistercian art, clisted as a Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées, This former abbey is today a centre for musical and cultural events of international renown.

History and splendour - the story of a rebirth!

Visites virtuelles de l'abbaye de Sylvanès

Nestled in the heart of a wooded valley, the ancient abbey of Sylvanès was founded in 1136 by Pons de l’Héras, a repentant robber   who, touched by divine grace, decided to end his life in service to God. It took more than a century for the monks to build the fabulous abbey.

From the late Middle Ages, the abbey went through a long period of decline: sold as national property during the revolution, the building later became a stone quarry and even a sheep barn.

Declared a historical monument in 1854, the Abbey was bought by the municipality of Sylvanès in 1970. Since 1975 it has undergone a remarkable renaissance thanks to the exceptional and dynamic work of the Association of Friends of the Abbey under the leadership of Father André and Michel Gouzes Wolkowitsky.

A cultural and spritual centre

Today the abbey has become a heritage landmark and a place of culture, art and spirituality. For nine months each year, it offers a rich and varied programme of activities: singing courses, conferences, spiritual gatherings, film festivals, musical entertainment, programming for young audiences and families, artistic workshops for schools, cultural trips and much more

The church, with its exceptional acoustics, has hosted
the International Festival of Sacred Music and World Music every summer for thirty years.

To see on your visit: The Abbey (church, scriptorium (13th c.), capitulary hall, East gallery, cloisters) and the russian chapel.

International Festival of Sacred Music and World Music - July & August

In over 30 years of existence, beginning as simple summer entertainment the festival of world sacred music has become one of the most important musical events in the region. The reason for its success is undoubtedly the constant desire to remain faithful to its core values ​​of sharing, listening and the meeting of cultures and religions.

Each year the music festival's theme is an artistic choice intelligently combining the diverse repertoire of sacred and Western musical traditions with sacred and popular music from aroud the world.