A subtle blend of history and architecture, it all begins in 778, since legend has it that it was Charlemagne who, on his return from Roncesvalles, had a monastery and church built.
The abbey would prosper to become a simple priory of Lagrasse. But, like most villages in the Hers valley, Camon was destroyed by the flood caused by the bursting of the Puivert dam. The village was then rebuilt in the image of royal fortresses, hence its nickname of “petit Carcassonne“, and became the fortress of the meander, “Cambo dunum” in Gallo-Roman, which is said to have given the village its name.
Philippe de Lévis, appointed prior of Camon in the early 16th century, was to profoundly influence the village, its church and its abbey.