Monastery of Sainte Claire, Lavaur!

So continue on my saga of off the beaten path places in the beautiful cocagne and cathar countryside we stay in Lavaur. This is the Tarn dept 81 in Occitanie region of my belle France.

And will tell you about a little known place that was here we passed by it and look up but never imagine the history of it.  Again not much written on it either, a real find.

In 1398, a community of Clarisses settled in Lavaur. In 1642 the Sainte-Claire monastery was founded, then in 1685, the Order of the Daughters of the Cross.


The Monastery of the Clarisses founded in 1642 by Sérène de Vézins, a Clarisse nun from the Salin monastery in Toulouse. Destroyed during the French revolution, it was repair and brought back in 1802. The current chapel c. 1837, has housed since 1852, in a shrine, the body of Saint Clementine, Virgin and Roman martyr, discovered in a catacomb in Rome. A real story here


Unfortunately other than in some religious sites there is nothing in the tourist office on it. It is by the agout river and past the Esplanade de Plô (see previous post) at 1 rue Mairie.

The webpages available are

Monastical services of the Clarisses on the Ste Claire of Lavaur in French

Catholic Lavaur on the orders in town in French

As we did our walks along the last street bordering the river Agout we came up with lots of nice sites such as this one to see. And as always, the best is on foot, enjoy Lavaur and its monuments

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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