Around the abbey
  • Meymac lies in an area mostly covered by forest, but that has not always been the case. The development of the countryside and how and why it has changed are explained in this first video.

  • Watch this video and explore how the town grew up around the abbey in medieval times, then beyond the walls, around the old Viscounts castle and the suburbs.

  • This tower is a remnant of the towns old fortifications and has served as a belfry, a free-standing spire, symbol of the towns independence from the local lord. Listen to its history.

  • This is a statue of Saint Léger, whose relics are preserved in the church at Meymac. Listen to the audio guide for a brief history of Saint Léger.

  • Classified as a Monument of Historical Importance, this 16th century covered marketplace has a beautifully carved wooden frame in the shape of an upturned boat’s hull. Listen to the audio guide to find out more.

  • The origins of Meymac date back to the foundation of its abbey. All that remains today of the old religious precinct are the abbey’s church and the adjoining monastic buildings. Watch this video to see the construction and its history.

  • As you enter the church at Meymac you will notice the carved Romanesque capitals that warrant close inspection. Listen to the audio guide for tips on what to look out for.

  • Four of the church’s stained glass windows were created by Limousin master glass painter Francis Chigot (1860-1960) Listen to the next part of the audio guide to find out about their symbolism.

  • This organ possesses a remarkable acoustic quality specifically designed for baroque music. Its casing was inspired by various 17th century instruments. Listen to the audio guide to find out how the organ was built, and to hear an excerpt from a recording of the organ…

  • This former Deputy for the Popular Front party was very heavily engaged in Meymac life between 1913 and 1973. He was active in the development of farming and forestry, archaeological digs and he collected objects of ethnographic interest.
    The collections he amassed over the course of his life are on display in the museum that bears his name.

  • This is the story of local man, Jean Gaye-Bordas, who developed a very unusual business in Meymac in the 19th century, all based around a geographical fib! !

  • Explore the heritage of the buildings which sprang up in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to the economic rise of the Meymac wine merchants, who grew rich following the example of Jean Gaye-Bordas.

  • It is extraordinary to have a centre for contemporary arts in the midst of such a rural setting. In this interview the centre’s founder, and current Director, Caroline Bissière, explains how the renowned centre works and what it hopes to achieve in the contemporary art world.

Around the abbey

Along this multimedia trial you can explore the cultural heritage of Meymac, and discover, through videos and audio commentary, the abbey and its history, agricultural heritage and also the unusual people whose actions left their mark on the area.

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