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Saint Enemi: photo, description, (Sainte-Enimie)

Saint-Enemi is a beautiful old village in the South of France, Languedoc - Roussillon. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to just over 500 people.

The settlement is named in honor of Anemia, daughter of the Frankish king of the dynasty of the Merovingian Clotaire II. The girl cared for the lepers, had become infected herself, was healed with a dip in the water of a sacred spring near the future city, and was forever tied to this place - she needed to return home as the disease had returned. Anemia decided to stay in the South of the country and founded two monasteries - male and female. However, both of them were soon destroyed. Later a Benedictine monastery of the Holy Enemie was built in 951 year and immediately became a popular pilgrimage route. Unfortunately, this Abbey was badly damaged during the French revolution, and at the moment he left only ruins. Of the monastic buildings survived only the crypt and the Chapter house.

Also in the city is home to several other religious buildings - the Romanesque Church of Notre-Dame and the chapel of St. Mary Magdalene, both buildings were built in the XIV century. Notably the first Church, as it preserved unique ceramics, telling about the life of the Holy Anemia and several wooden sculptures of the XII century.

It is worth noting that Saint-Enemi is located on the border of the Cevennes national Park, which presents the amazing Mediterranean flora. It's a pretty mountainous area, the largest peak is the peak of Mont Lozère reaches 1700 meters in height. It was here in 1702 rebelled peasants of the Protestant mountaineers, known in history as "kamisori". They dedicated a separate Museum, is also located within the Park.