Madiran had a monastery, a church and vineyards as early as the eleventh century. The monk Sancius from the family of the counts of Bigorre brought Benedictine monks from the Lot region. The church and the priory, once linked to the cloister, stand in the heart of the village as emblematic buildings.
Sainte Marie de Madiran Church. The inhabitants of Madiran also call it Our Lady of Vines. During the Wars of Religion, the church was burnt down upon the order of Jeanne d’Albret, a protestant and the mother of Henri IV. The statue of the Virgin Mary was found intact, a miracle! The priory’s church, a listed historical monument, has been restored. In Roman style, the unique nave and the Corinthian capitals with vegetable themes are outstanding. The crypt was constructed over the remnants of a gallo-roman temple dedicated to Jupiter.