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  • The son et lumière show
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Whilst Béarn has a number of Romanesque buildings, Monein has the largest gothic church in Béarn, the church of Saint-Girons. The height of its clock town is impressive and its isometric double shelled upturned boat timber roof is unique. It has other peculiarities: just like its roof, it is asymmetrical with a principal nave and one single side chapel; it has no transept.

It took three generations of builders to complete between 1464 and 1530.

They say that the cagots made a strong contribution to building this roof. These cagots were excluded from society living in their own community away from the village. It is supposed that most of them were carpenters.

The guided tour presents the architecture of this church and the history of the village. We can then climb the 72 steps of the clock tower to view the roof in son et lumière.

Child discovery booklet "I discover the St Girons Church"

The children will discover the St Girons church while having fun. Inside the booklet, plenty of games for a family discovery of the largest gothic church in Béarn. The Booklet is free and available at the tourist office, in front of the church.

Download the booklet "I discover the St Girons Church"

  • L'église St Girons et son clocher haut de 40m
    L'église St Girons et son clocher haut de 40m
  • L'église St Girons et son retable du 18è siècle
    L'église St Girons et son retable du 18è siècle
  • Narthex of the church St Girons in Monein
    Narthex of the church St Girons in Monein
  • Charpente de l'église St Girons de Monein
    Charpente unique en France ayant la forme d'une double coque de navire renversé.
  • L'église St Girons au centre du village de Monein
    L'église St Girons de style gothique au centre du village de Monein
  • Un vision décalée de la charpente
    Un vision décalée de la charpente
  • Sculptures in the church of St Girons in Monein
    Architectural detail of the church of St Girons in Monein
  • Nef et collatéral de l'église St Girons
    Nef et collatéral de l'église St Girons de Monein
  • Spectacle son et lumières sous la charpente
    Spectacle son et lumières sous la charpente
  • Clocher de l'église St Girons
    Le clocher de 40m de l'église St Girons domine le bourg de Monein
  • The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein
    The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein
  • L'église St Girons et son clocher haut de 40m
  • L'église St Girons et son retable du 18è siècle
  • Narthex of the church St Girons in Monein
  • Charpente de l'église St Girons de Monein
  • L'église St Girons au centre du village de Monein
  • Un vision décalée de la charpente
  • Sculptures in the church of St Girons in Monein
  • Nef et collatéral de l'église St Girons
  • Spectacle son et lumières sous la charpente
  • Clocher de l'église St Girons
  • The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein

Opening Hours:

From 19 April to 4 July and from 6 September to 31 October:

Mondays, tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 4 pm, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 pm and 5 pm. Except for public holidays: 1, 8, 29 May and 9 June.

From 5 July to 5 September:

Every day at 11 am, 3 pm and 5 pm, Wednesdays and Sundays at 3 pm and 5 pm. Except for public holidays. 

From 2 November to 31 December:

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 4 pm. Except for public holidays.

Places on the tour are limited to 19 per visit. We advise you to arrive 15 minutes in advance to collect your tickets. You have to book by phone or online.

We also advise you to contact us by telephone on the same morning as your visit as some visits are cancelled or rescheduled where there is a religious service taking place (marriage, funeral etc) or other events.

Group visits throughout the year by reservation. Total length of the visit 1h15.

Prices:

  • Adults: 6 €
  • Under 16: 3€
  • Reduced rate: 5€
  • Children under 12: free

Contact :

Office de tourisme Cœur de Béarn

58 rue du Commerce - 64360 Monein

Tel : 05 59 12 30 40

contactcoeurdebearn.com

Visites "décalées" été 2021

Redécouvrir l'église Saint-Girons de Monein et sa charpente d'une manière ludique et original. Pendant cette visite, vous parlerez presque autant que le guide et tenterez des expériences ! Avez-vous déjà décrit un monument avec des aliments ? Regardé une charpente... sans lever les yeux ? 

Horaires : 
Tous les jeudis à 15h du 15 juillet au 19 août

Rendez-vous à l'Office de tourisme

Tarifs : 
Plein tarif : 5 €
Tarif réduit (étudiant, demandeurs d'emploi) et jeunes de 12 à 16 ans : 3 €
Gratuit - de 12 ans

Réservations obligatoires en ligne ou par téléphone au 05 59 12 30 40

 

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