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A boat on the roof?

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  • The son et lumière show
  • The enthousiasm of our guides

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.

  • Narthex of the church St Girons in Monein
    Narthex of the church St Girons in Monein
  • Sculptures in the church of St Girons in Monein
    Architectural detail of the church of St Girons in Monein
  • The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein
    The double shelled upturned boat timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein
  • The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein
    The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein
  • Narthex of the church St Girons in Monein
  • Sculptures in the church of St Girons in Monein
  • The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein
  • The timber roof of the church of St Girons in Monein

Opening Hours:

From 15 April to 30 June and from 18 September to 15 October:

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 I July to 17 September:

Every day at 11 am, 3 pm and 5 pm on Sundays and public holidays at 3 pm and 5 pm.

From 16 October to 14 April:

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 20 minutes in advance to collect your tickets. No reservations are possible.

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: 5 €
  • Under 16: 2€
  • Reduced rate: 4€
  • 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

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