"Saint Guilhem, a main stage for Compostelle" Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert by JLBG

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Travel Guide: 79 reviews and 100 photos

Saint Guilhem, has been for centuries a main stage on Saint-Jacques de Compostelle's road. Now it is a main destination from tourists.

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Its cloister is an oasis of peace in the middle of this tourist's turmoil

After Gellone, the abbey in the sun, you must visit Clamouse, the cathedral in the night.
Clamouse cave is a must. It was discovered in the late 40s and open for visit in the early 60s. That means that it has never been visited with oil lamp and has not been spoiled by the deposit of charcoal from these lamps, as many ''old'' caves (i.e. visited since the turn of last century : grotte des Demoiselles near Montpellier, grotte de Han in Belgium, etc...). Its the most ''decorated'' cave I know : it is full of concretion of all kind, of all colour and of all size. The visit is really a must. My photos are not of very good quality because of the poor light ! It's the kingdom of night !
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  • Last visit to Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2006 at 6:42 PM

    Fantastic cave photos. I love this region of France - StG and other towns - Minerve and St Martin du Londres. Nice memories. leyle

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2005 at 4:49 AM

    Delightful mediaeval and Rennaissance architecture and a great nightlife spot :-)) Thanks for the wonderful tour.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2005 at 1:16 PM

    Bookmark !! This city and the caves are THE place for me, as I love these types of old houses and charme - and the caves seem to be just exciting ! Thanks for sharing !

  • Bigjones's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2005 at 2:52 AM

    Je suis tombée sous le charme de St-Guilhem l'été dernier. Bravo pour cette page !

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2005 at 9:05 PM

    Well explained page Jean Louis Haha it is fun to read Matt saying I would hav e taken the same pic's and I bet Matt would have . They are impressive places to see Jean Louis these Caves Great page .

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2005 at 12:51 PM

    Great caves and architectural details. Haha, you take similar pictures as I would do at those places I didn't visit yet.

  • nigelw6443's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2005 at 5:12 AM

    Looks great! The caves are quite impressive too!

  • Azhut's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2004 at 8:39 AM

    Merveilleuses caves :-)) merci XXXXXXXX

  • johanl's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2004 at 4:43 AM

    very good impression of this village. Was there a few ago.

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2004 at 10:54 PM

    End Of The World Street leading towards Castle Of The Giant. Tempting yet scary. I am enchanted by caves, I need someone to drag me through or I'd just stay and stare. Wonderful pictures!


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