The abbey and church
Le Monastère is a village with a medieval personality founded by decree by King Louis Philippe I on July 3rd 1837 and named after the Benedictine abbey founded in the Carolingian period. As the first convent in Rouergue, its renown attracted top noble families from the province who wanted to send their daughters there.
After the abbey, Saint-Étienne Church was the second building whose foundation and evolution were decisive in Le Monastère’s expansion. The priory was founded in the 12th century by Le Monastère abbey and the church changed status to become a parish in the 14th century. Its patron Saint Étienne was joined by Saint Blaise, the protector of wool workers, as a sign of their presence in Le Monastère. This church was the first fortified one in the Rodez area.