Elne Travel Guide

  • Elne, view from near the Cathedral
    Elne, view from near the Cathedral
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  • From the Cloister
    From the Cloister
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  • The Southwest Tower
    The Southwest Tower
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Elne Things to Do

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    Annunciation & Mary with Elizabeth 4 more images

    by hquittner Written Feb 4, 2010

    The other three sides of the cloister are covered with sculptures from Catalan sources like the first side but they are a century or slightly more later. One group of them are of the early life of Jesus and I know of only a few this equal to them. Here they are.

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    by hquittner Written Feb 4, 2010

    The oldest works are on the inner capitals of the North side aisle. The finest old one is of Adam and Eve; another is the creation of Eve. Most of these are creatures like Sirens, or half human and half bird or fanciful animals.

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    by hquittner Written Feb 4, 2010

    The cloister was built over a two hundred year period starting with the wall along the north wall of the church in the 12C. The last three sides were Gothic but kept the form of the first Romanesque side. On each side are three sets of rounded top pillars with paired capitals separated by rectangular piers and similar ones at the ends of each side. There are scattered sculptures along the outside walls as well and decorated vauitings.

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Elne Restaurants

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    by Beausoleil Written Apr 2, 2008

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    We were following the Route of the Cathars and visiting Elne and loved it but it was Sunday and when lunch time arrived, we could smell yummy food in every house but no restaurants were open. We hopped in the car and started driving, finally ending in St. Genis des Fontaines. I spotted a small restaurant and the parking lot was packed . . . good sign.

    We parked and went in and were glad we found it. It was slightly after the sacred hour of 2:00 PM when lunch is no longer served in France, so we approached with great trepidation. We were immediately seated by the front window and given menus and no mention was made of closing at 2 o'clock. Thank goodness!

    Favorite Dish: Here is my journal entry for lunch that day.

    "Ed got trout, Jean a steak and I opted for the duck. We had a wonderful plate of charcuterie with tiny sour pickles to start and our main courses were excellent . . . best duck I’ve ever had, and one of our best meals."

    Le Barbizon was a find.

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