Eglise et Jardin botanique Saint-Xist

The records from ancient times (the church of Saint Xist is mentioned in a Vabres l’Abbaye Cartulary of 940) of this almost disappeared for good. It was in the early 1980s that the publication “Sauvegarde Rouergue” (Safeguard Rouergue) became interested in this little church highlighting the importance of saving this heritage. An association was created in 1995 and since then it has continued to work to to give the church and its surroundings its lustre of past centuries. The association was offered monumental paintings by Nicolaï Greschny and representing on 14 plates, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. These works are exposed from June to September in the church and add to its already rich culture. During the restoration of the church of Saint Xist a medicinal herb garden was planted as in former times in monasteries. Almost 300 different species have been planted from aromatic plants to the most toxic. An occasion to learn to recognise the plants that surround us. Its patronage by the Montpellier plant garden demonstrates, if that were needed, its quality and diversity.