Lieuran Cabrières


Lieuran Cabrières is situated in the wine-producing area of the Clairette at the far end of the mountain range of the Oriental Black Mountain, in contact with an alluvial plain.


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The municipality is made up of two small villages : Lieuran and the Mas de Roujou. Lieuran, the more ancient, has an important thoroughfare going through it cutting across the countryside, that served for communications. It is probably of antique origins, along which several Gallo-Roman agricultural establishments had been implanted. This road allowed Béziers and Clermont to be linked in the Middle Ages.

The monks of Saint-Thibéry and Aniane who lived in the area at the end of the 10th century got the profits from the ‘tolls’ that connected the “countries” of Beziers and Lodève. Lieuran thus came under the Béziers jurisdiction of Cabrières here in contact with the southern borders of the Lodévois. As it had become part of the medieval territory of Cabrières, it was allowed to be called Lieuran-Cabrières.

To the northern borders of the municipality stand the ruins of the pre-Roman church of Saint Gély d’Arques (10th century?), a place of pilgrimage linked to the healing virtues of the waters of the Font d’Arques. The Hospitallers of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem (house of Nébian) established a barn there in the 13th century.

The church of Saint Martin de Lieuran Cabrières

Between Leiuran and the Mas de Roujou, a rural cross signposts the place of the primitive mother church dedicated to Saint-Baudile-de-Furchis. Of very ancient origins, it is mentioned for the first time in 971, acquired at this date by the abbey in Aniane. Several times ruined in the Religious Wars, it was definitively abandoned during the 18th century. The standing church was built so that inhabitants could have easy access, which left the mother church too isolated. Dedicated to Saint Martin it was rebuilt in the 17th century and became the parochial seat in the 18th century. Inside the church are two artistic pieces listed as Historic Monuments: a multi-coloured baroque altar from the end of the 17th century and a commemorative painting of victims from World War I (1923 – Joseph VIE). The bell-tower that was built in 1863 has the only hourly carillon of five bells in the department (1932).

To see

  • The church of Saint Martin
  • The tower
  • The hamlet of Roujou
  • The trail of the volcanic balconies

Around Lieuran-Cabrières is a hiking road that will take you to the top of an ancient volcano in the village, where you can have an amazing 360° view. When the weather allows, you can see the Mont Saint Clair of Sète and even the Pyrenees!

Attached files

Memorial canvas of World War I

Document PDF - 2.8 Mb - Updated on 29 October 2013


The church of Lieuran-Cabrières - JPEG - 92.6 kb
The church of Lieuran-Cabrières

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The chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette at the mas Roujou - JPEG - 116.5 kb
The chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette at the mas Roujou

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The church bell - JPEG - 137.8 kb
The church bell

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The church of Leuran-Cabrières - JPEG - 79.9 kb
The church of Leuran-Cabrières

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Lieuran-Cabrières and its vineyards - JPEG - 102.5 kb
Lieuran-Cabrières and its vineyards

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Lieuran-Cabrières seen from the volcano Mounio - JPEG - 115.7 kb
Lieuran-Cabrières seen from the volcano Mounio

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Lieuran-Cabrières seen from the road to Péret - JPEG - 97.5 kb
Lieuran-Cabrières seen from the road to Péret

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