4. The Abbey of Saint-Savin

The known history of the Abbey of Saint-Savin-en-Lavedan dates back to 945 and was one of the most important religious centres in the County of Bigorre. Born in Spain into a wealthy family, Saint Savin moved to France and became a monk. He was sent to the abbey, but decided to live a simple and isolated life in the mountains above the village. During the 13 years he spent there he performed several miracles. When he died, his body was carried to Saint-Savin. Now his marble tomb serves as the altar in the church. A beautiful example of Romanesque architecture, Saint Savin is a 10 minute drive from Le Belvedere.

A 1700’s lithograph of Saint Savin Abbey