Sainte  Énimie

This small town is the scene for 'Forbidden Fruit' and a must-see for those who want to discover it's heritage or enjoy a canoe ride.  In the 6th century, Énimie - a merovingian princess,

sister of King Dagobert - was cured from leprosy when she drank water from the Burle in this small Gorges du Tarn village. This is the legend of Saint-Énimie as recorded in the 8th

century by troubadour Bertrand de Marseille. The Saint attracted many pilgrims, and in turn pilgrimages helped develop the medieval city. Sainte-Énimie is one of the prettiest villages

in France, as evidenced by a walk from the quays to the abbey via small streets. Sainte-Enimie is a French town and former municipality located in the Lozère department in the Occitanie

region. The inhabitants are called Santrimiols. It is close to the Gorges du Tarn. Sainte-Enimie is counted among the most beautiful places in France, due to some characteristic streets.


Episode Forbidden fruit

  It starts with this scene: Climbing through an underground corridor.

Story: Tell comes from a well into the village. The contact with the villagers is difficult. They seem enchanted, except one. Tell tries to unravel the secret.

Locations: The underground corridor is unknown, We don't know the interior is real Dolmens & Menhirs do exsist. So the first shot is probably real.

But is the corridor is real? The well is fake for sure. It's put on the Presbytère square in St. Enimie. But the idea is great.


L'eglise Notre-Dame-du-Gourg

In the church, which you see in the background, other scenes from this episode are also included.

You can see the interior of the church when you're scrolling down.

                                                                1988                                                                      2005 made by S. Barthemely                                                                     


                    1988                                                                            2015         



Place du Presbytère in Sainte-Énimie

The square near the church (4 on the map). I think most scenes have been recorded on this square. The square is filmed from many angles.

                    2019                                                           1988    Still the same door of glass, covered with wood. You can see it below. 


                                        Walking to the south side of the square.   The shot left is 90 degrees turned to the right of this square. The same stairs. Made by S. Bathelemy 2005

                                                                                            Above and below: the same square, summer 2020                                                                                                   


Walking from the square, going west (to the church).



               1988                          Looking to the east side of the square                            2005                      



The Presbytère square


The episodes starts and ends at this square


The well on the square

                                                      1988 The well is not real                                                             2015                                                   1988  opposite of the square                                                               


Take a look at the 'Carline flowers, on the door behind Tell. I have never seen so many at one door.


   1988          Leaving the sqaure at the north east side                     2016



The lane attached to Presbytère square

 It looks like there was a fake wall in the lane probably to hide something     Tell and O' Grady are standing on the left corner


                                                                                                                          2015                              The balcony                                           2015                                                                                                                 

The covered balcony can be seen through an alley of the north side of the square.


The door and it's Carline flower

30 years later...... probably a different dried flower, but the same spot and same door. But you never hangs sheltered.




Corridor on rue de la Privadenche   

Scene: O 'Grady has disappeared. Tell is looking for him.


1988 The electricity cables are covered well and a handrail has been added. 2019


                                               Seen from the other side, 2019                                                                             2019 Tell ran into the tunnel left


Rue de la Privadenche

A beautiful and ancient street.

Opinions vary as to the origin of the name of this street. Some say it means Privat Street. Privat was a family that lived there during the 18th century and other claim that

the long street had a sanitary function. 'Private' means also in medieval Latin lavatory.  The blackened surfaces and the beams and woodwork of the remarkable half-timbered

house are marks left either by fire or by the smoking out technique, a practive aimed at curbing the spread of epidemics (cholera, plaque). St. Enimie was miraculously spared

from  the black plaque that wreaked havoc in the province from 1721-1723 On the door of this house you can see three acanthus leaves thistles, also called carlines or

cardabells. This flower, now a protected species, is thought to act as  a barometer and to ward off evil spirits. This plant is symbolic to the limestone region.


In this narrow street, a half-timbered house from the late Middle Ages. A house with mullioned windows. A renaissance door. Vaulted passage. A lot to see!


          1988                              'Rue de la Privadenche,' behind the huge door is a gite nowadays                        2015


1988     Tell came up the stairs halfway this street. The stairs have a railing nowadays  2015

This is the place where O'grady discovered Tell is not one of the spelled 'smilers.' The door, behind O'grady, was in the same street and in opposite of the stairs Tell ented this street).

Three scenes:   1. Tell met O'Grady       2. Tell looked for O'Grady     3. and Tell ran through the corridor looking for O' Grady.


I don't have a picture of the door unfortunately, but it's the same spot                                 On the left side                         



Shots of both sides of this street at 2019

Same shots as above. In opposite of this street. At the end of the street you can see a different door.

                               Tell meets O'Grady                 (Zoomed out). Tell looking for O' grady, 1988     Shot from half way the street.   The other side of the street scene, different door


The alley

(which is attached (south) to rue de la Privadenche


The church of Sainte Enimie

Inside the building you can admire wood and stone sculptures dating from the 12th and 15th centuries. Listed as a historic monument, it reveals an interesting Romanesque style.




1988                                                                                           2017  



 1988                                                                                                 2017


             Tell enters a spelled world                                            Mona                                             The church in opposite




    1988                                                                                                2016                


They covered the statue



The monastere of Sainte Enimie

Salle Capitulaire

First I thought these shots were made in the church, but the background is different. It's Salle Capitulaire in the monastery of Sainte Enimie.


1988                                                                                                                       2015         





The other side of the Salle Capitulaire. This side has a larger window.


    Prison 'O Grady


1988                   Probably in the monastere of St. Enimie or an ancient house.     Recently


     1988 Unknow place yet, exit O'Grady and tell took                          The entrance of the 'prison' place                                 





Photos of the monastery

Of the old abbey, the fortified monastery of the Benedictines, only three rooms remain today: the entrance, the crypt and the chapter house. Founded in the

6th century, it is classified as a historic monument. The following four photos are shots from the monastery. I haven't found the exact place, but it won't be far.



Leaving prison (right picture) haven't found the exact spot. If somebody recognizes this?


          1988  Scene: searching for O'grady and Tell                                          2019                                                                        2019                                                                    



Screenshots of places in Sainte Enimie we haven't discovered yet

I was so absorbed in the history and beauty of the village that I sometimes forgot to pay attention to some locations. If people have recent photos of the shot below

and like to share them, please mail them. (It's about the six photos below and the prison).This shot of the door seems very light while the prison scene is very dark.

The left photo can be only a short shot. Is this place the prison cell? Crossbow is too often divided into several locations.

 Perhaps the place below can be the location you can see above. It can be in the monastery as well. There aren't that many pictures of it.



I haven't discovered where Tell enters this door. It can be the same place of O' Grady's prison cell. Hard to recognize.

                                                                                                                  I think this can be the place (William enters the door) in opposite...



The scene of the sheets

The street below was covered with white sheets, behind Tell is the house with the blue shutters.



1988                I do not have the same photo.                2019



                                                 1988                                                                                   2019    




Extra photos of the village of Sainte Enimie

You will come across old houses, a corn exchange, a church (host to wooden statues from the period between 12th and 16th centuries), ramparts and arches... The walk is

charming and along the way you could even come across historical reconstruction showing two armed soldiers in action or a maid hard at work. Do not miss the view from the

hermitage and make sure to walk to the Burle’s spring, which is one of the most beautiful Vaucluse wells in France.    Sports enthusiasts can canoe down the Tarn river to the

Malène and further. If you are looking for a fresh water swim, Saint-Chély-du-Tarn’s beach awaits you a few kilometers downstream (at the foot of the bridge, once you have crossed it).

Sainte-Enimie is a former commune in the Lozère department in southern France. On 1 January 2017, it was merged into the new commune Gorges du Tarn

Causses. It was founded in the 7th century by Énimie, who started a convent there after being cured of leprosy in the surrounding waters. It was the site of

several monasteries, some of which still remain. Located in the Gorges du Tarn, it is a member of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association.


The town is named after Énimie, who, according to a 13th-century poem by Bertran Carbonel troubadour of Marseille, was a daughter of the Merovingian king Clothar II. When she

\reached marriageable age, she did not want to marry, preferring to care for lepers instead. According to Bertran, she asked God to help her avoid marriage; she was then infected with

\leprosy. Her father wished for her to be cured and had her taken to be bathed in the waters of Gévaudan, to no avail. An attempt at Bagnols-les-Bains was equally unsuccessful, but a

\river in Burlats near the Tarn miraculously cured her disease. However, when she returned home to marry her noble suitor, she was once again infected with leprosy and returned to

Burlats, where she was cured once more. This process was repeated a third time, after which it was decided that she must remain in that area. She briefly lived in a cave before starting

a convent and becoming a nun and eventually died there. When her brother Dagobert I came to look for relics buried with her to decorate his Basilica of Saint-Denis, the nuns tricked

him, and he ended up finding the relics of Énimie's niece instead.


Two monasteries, one male and one female, were built in the area but destroyed by invasions. Stephen, Bishop of Mende, requested that a Benedictine monastery be built there, and it

was \completed in 951. It became a popular pilgrimage destination due to the miraculous story surrounding its founding. During the French Revolution in 1798, the monastery was

destroyed and the town renamed "Puy Roc"; however, this lasted only a short time.  In 1905, a road was built along the Tarn, giving the village greater commercial exposure. Starting

in the 1950s, tourism became a major part of Sainte-Enimie's economy. It was recently connected more closely to the rest of France with the construction of the A75 autoroute.



Sainte-Enimie is located in the Gorges du Tarn in the Lozère department of southern France. It has an area of 87.3 square kilometres (33.7 sq mi). The village is close to

other  Gévaudan towns including Ispagnac, Chanac, and Quézac, and is 78 kilometres (48 mi) away from Millau. Sainte-Enimie is a popular tourist destination. All that

remains of the original 10th-century abbey, which was mostly destroyed in the French Revolution, is a chapter house and chapel. Other popular sites include the Ecomusée

du Vieux Logis, a Romanesque church from the 14th century, and the Chapel of Saint Madeleine, which also dates back to the 14th century.Saint-Enimie is located

near the Cévennes National Park, 22 kilometres (14 mi) away from the Aven Armand cave.


L'ermitage Sainte -Enimie

Enimie ended his days around 628 in a hermitage overlooking the village - which bears his name - and the valley of Tarn

According to the legend, written in the thirteenth century, in the langue d'oc, by Bertran de Marseille (named after the ancient locality of Causse Mejean), it would be the

sister of King Dagobert (629-639); Daughter of Clotaire II, she gave up the easy life that was hers at court to escape the marriage they wanted to impose. She prayed to

God to take away all her attractions and became leprous. She later found health by bathing in the fountain of Burle near the Hermitage, cave in which she decided to settle.

From there, she would have answered many miracles and fought against the Drac (kind of devil in Pays d'Oc).


Later, she founded the monastery of "Burlen", at the origin of the Bourg de Sainte-Enimie, with the help of Bishop Hilaire. The Benedictine priory, was founded after his

death in 951by the Abbey of Sainte-Chaffre (Monastier-Saint-Chaffre) to overcome the decadence Church Sainte-Marie where the body of Sainte-Enimie. The remains of

the saint were revealed by God to a monk of the priory named John. It was then that the beautiful legend was written at the beginning of the thirteenth century. The princess's

relics were kept at the Hermitage until 1970, when they were stolen.  


Enimie is the object of an immemorial cult in the diocese. The tradition speaks of holy 'Eremio' (the Holy Hermit). His relics attracted pilgrims to the Gorges du Tarn...In the diocese,

the parishes of Bagnols-les-Bains, Champerboux and Sainte Enimie have her as patroness. This last locality changed its name from Burlatis (well-Roc during the revolution) to

that of Sainte Enimie. The cult stays there A pilgrimage takes place every year at the Hermitage, to celebrate the patron saint of the village (first Sunday of October).


The chapel-cave of the Hermitage, whose interior is visible thanks to a grid laid by volunteers, is always frequented by the faithful who attribute a virtue to the water of the

source of Burle. The tradition that "Enimie the leper, would have been cured by the waters of the Burle", still survives P.S: After the death of Enimie, his brother Dagobert,

become king, goes in search of relics of his sister. Arrived on the banks of the Tarn to come on the tomb of his sister, he asks the nuns of the monastery where it is located. They

refuse to tell him, not wanting to lose their lady. Dagobert finally discovers the tomb but hesitates between the two coffins. In fact, in order to protect himself, Enimie had not put any

name on his own, and that of Enimie on that of his goddaughter. These are the relics of a Santrimiole that rest with the kings of France in the basilica of Saint-Denis. Source of this last story.


The source Burle in St. Enimie

Diving in the Burle


The alley next to the Notre-Dame-du-Gourg church


        Ancient sundial                                                                                                          



Old Benedictine monastery and facades of the the village

Half-timbered house                                                                                                                                                                                                                 




The west side of the town.



Battlements of the former abbey in Sainte- Enimie


Another interesting feature as you drive down the gorge is the face in the rock, this can be found between the circus of the Beaumes and Croze.

Known as the face of Christ it seems to peer down onto the road below, if you can stop it’s a definite photo opportunity.

                                                                                                                          Passing St. Enimie


Patrick made this cosy photo by cellphone, May 2019