Canton de Lagrasse
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Lagrasse Abbey, Orbieu, Abbaye de Lagrasse, Château Villemagne
Lagrasse is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.
Lagrasse is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association ("The most beautiful villages of France").
Lagrasse is about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Carcassonne. It lies in the valley of the River Orbieu, at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Lagrasse dates from the time the abbey was built. Permission for the construction was given by Charlemagne in 783.
The two highlights of the village are the eponymous Abbey and the bridges, although the narrow medieval streets of the village itself are also very attractive, and remains of the town walls can still be seen.
The region is renowned for the wine produced in the surrounding hills - this is the Corbières wine region, the largest wine-producing region in France.
The village is now home to numerous pottery workers and artists, and host numerous cultural and intellectual festivals such as "Le Banquet du Livre"