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Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert (in Occitan Sant Guilhèm dau Desèrt) is a commune in the Hérault department in Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France.

Situated in the narrow valley of the Gellone river where it meets the steep sided gorge of the Hérault River, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is essentially a mediaeval village located on the Chemin de St Jacques (St James' Way) pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella.

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France").
Cloister of the monastery

A part of the cloister of the monastery was moved to The Cloisters museum of Manhattan.

A new sculpture museum, containing stone works from the abbey, is to be dedicated on June 26, 2009. In coordination with this event, a weekend of music and a colloquium, organized in large part by the Camerata Mediterranea, are planned for June 26 and June 27.

During Summer it's complicated to park the car. There's a parking but you will have to pay after getting a ticket. Visiting the village do not take lot of time but there are also some trekking paths all around. One of those goes up the mountain where you can see the valley. You'd better take good trekking shoes.

Even it's a touristic spot, i recommand it. You can go for a hike around then swim in the river. The other spot is called "Le Pont du Diable", a well-know bridge were some people you to jump into the water. But nowadays this is absolutely forbidden because of the dangers under waters and the rocks along it.

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