Revive
Lagrasse Abbey

The project

This is a top-view drone photo of Lagrasse Abbey and the south transept in dire need of restoration. Lagrasse Abbey is one of the most prestigious religious monuments in the South of France. Revive Lagrasse Abbey
The Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse (Lagrasse Abbey) is one of the most prestigious religious monuments in the South of France.
 

To ensure that the Abbey continues to thrive and to allow its canons to increase the spiritual and social help they offer to the community at large, Lagrasse Abbey is undergoing a renaissance, implementing important restoration projects that go beyond the preservation of cultural heritage: Revive Lagrasse Abbey

These ambitious works will renew and restore the historic monument and expand Lagrasse Abbey’s influence, writing the next chapter in the Abbey’s illustrious story.
 
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Revive Lagrasse Abbey is an ambitious 5-year campaign with a $6.7 million fundraising goal to raise the necessary funds for the restorations projects.

Revive Lagrasse Abbey has 3 phases:

Restore the Bell Tower

Restoration of the 16 th century bell tower:

  • Restoration of damaged pinnacles, gargoyles, sculptures
  • Waterproofing and roof repairs
  • Reconstruction of collapsed intermediate floors

Timeline

Currently ongoing, 18 months (2019-2020)

Budget

$1.6 million

Increase Accommodation Capacity

Hospitality is an essential mission of the Lagrasse Abbey canons. Every year the number of visitors grows and the canons receive more and more requests to stay at the Abbey for spiritual retreats.

To meet this need, Lagrasse Abbey is tripling its reception capacity. A wing of the 18 th century Cour d’honneur will be restored and upgraded with modern amenities. Works include:

  • Restoration of the building frame and roof
  • Construction of 15 guest rooms with amenities

Timeline

Currently ongoing, 12 months (2019-2020)

Budget

$680,000

This is a photo of Lagrasse Abbey's south transept undergoing much needed reconstruction and restoration. Lagrasse Abbey is one of the most prestigious religious monuments in the South of France. Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse

Restore the South Transept

The south transept unifies the body of the church to the bell tower. Most of the transept has collapsed after suffering the ravages of time and neglect. All that remains is a semicircular arch that stands exposed to the elements, along with two restored Roman 11 th century apsidioles.

Without the transept intact, the church is cut off. To make it whole once more, the transept must be restored, the arches rebuilt, the frame and the roof reconstructed. This phase includes:

  • Restoration of missing semicircular arches and vaults
  • Reconstruction of the roof and building frame
  • Installation of stained-glass windows
  • Reopen the transept onto the church’s nave

Timeline

2 years (2021-2022)

Budget

$2.6 million

Restore the Abbey Church

Lagrasse Abbey’s Gothic church dates back to the 14 th century. Phase 3 will completely restore the church from the floor to the roof, complementing the work on the transept. It will offer a magnificent setting for worship and prayer to the ever-growing number of visitors. Phase 3 includes:

  • Restore the church frame and roof
  • Restore the masonry
  • Restoration or replacement of stained-glass windows
  • Update the church interior (sanctuary furniture, electricity, floor heating)

Timeline

2 years (2023-2025)

Budget

$1.8 million

Questions about Revive Campaign and the Abbey?

Revive Lagrasse Abbey is an ambitious 5-year campaign with a $6.7 million fundraising goal to raise the necessary funds for the restorations projects. Learn more and how can I help

Lagrasse Abbey (Abbaye de Lagrasse)  is located in the South of France about 20 miles south-east of Carcassonne, in the Aude department of Languedoc-Roussillon. View on Google Maps

Lagrasse Abbey was founded in the 8th century, the Abbey presents great diversity in architectural styles up until the 18th century. The Abbey was brought back from abandonment and desolation when the current community of canons took up residence and began the daunting task of restoring the Abbey. Read more here

Yes, people live in Lagrasse Abbey! In 2004, the community of canons took up residence at Lagrasse Abbey. This young community – the average age of the canons is 43 years old – brought the Abbey back from abandonment and desolation, shining new light on its architectural beauty and elevating its soul with their Gregorian chants. Today, they need your help!

Your generous contribution to American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC is deductible as provided in Section 170 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. You make the restoration of Lagrasse Abbey possible. Donate online now

Contributions by check should be made payable to the order of “American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC” and mailed to:

American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC
Attn: Jennifer Herlein
14 East 60th Street, Suite 605
New York, NY 10022

You make the restoration
of Lagrasse Abbey possible.

Your generous contribution to American Friends of L’Abbaye de Lagrasse, LLC is deductible as provided in Section 170 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.