The Abbey Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse, one of the most prestigious religious monuments in the South of France, is between Montpellier and Toulouse. Founded in the 8th century, it enjoyed the protection of Emperor Charlemagne. It presents a veritable catalog of architecture, from the 10th to the 18th century, and bears the traces of eminent political and spiritual influence.
The Abbey welcomes 17,000 visitors a year and created the Association for the Safeguard and Development of the Lagrasse Abbey, a secular cultural association that organizes university-level conferences and produces summaries of them. At the heart of their activities is the gigantic project of restoring this abbey, which suffered greatly over the past two centuries. Through the FHS Fiscal Sponsorship Program this non-profit association will be able to develop its network and fundraising in the U.S. in order to continue major restoration work for the abbey.
Restoration of the medieval tower
$5,000 in addition to the 2018 FHS Grant of $107,000 with the support of a private donor