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Address: Nr. N 2204, 06540 Saorge, France
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+33 4 93 04 55 55

The village of Saorge overhangs the gorges of the Roya. The church of the...

The village of Saorge overhangs the gorges of the Roya. The church of the Franciscan convent, which was founded in 1633, was built in the Baroque style. The refectory features painted decorations from the 17th century and the cloister is decorated with 18th century frescœs showing the life of Saint Franis of Assisi. The monastery houses a fascinating collection of nine sundials from the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. The church features one of the oldest Stations of the Cross paintings in the Alpes-Maritimes region. Open: > 2nd May to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st October to 31st October and 1st February to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed: > From 1st November to 31st January. > 1st May. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Unique baroque monastery, with a lovely garden and many original features. Great guide, who will tell you how the village and the monastery fit in the history of Piemont and... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2016
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Unique baroque monastery, with a lovely garden and many original features. Great guide, who will tell you how the village and the monastery fit in the history of Piemont and Savoie!

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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Last night we loved the annual night time tour given by Francesco, the accomplished daytime guide who combined his formal historic knowledge of the monastery with a fun sense of humour and candlelight ambience. Francesco is unforgettable and he made the monastery a unique experience for me and my friends. See you next year!

Thank Mat M
Nice, France
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Sitting in the garden looking over the mountains surrounding the valley rates as one of my life's most moving experiences.

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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The Monastere de Saorge is a beautiful example of the Franciscan influence in the French commune of Saorge located in the French Alps above Menton. The monastery is approximately 300 hundred years old and was constructed as a reward to the Franciscan monks who responded to a terrible pestilence problem in the 17th century that affected the local olive trees.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

It's a picturesque walk to the monastery which is at the top end of Saorge. It is well-maintained and has staff at hand. There was a tour (in French) while I visited, but it was perfectly pleasant wandering around on my own. The gardens are really pretty too.

Thank Amandanich2016
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Reviewed 2 February 2016

Very francisan monastery. Full of history, with a nice garden where they grow interesting flowers, veggies and plans. I recommend spending a bit of time on the grass in front of the monastery, under the trees when it is sunny. great spot for pic nic too.

Thank Je I
Central Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

This is a very well preserved monastery dedicated to St. Francis. The frescoes are amazing. It's a moderately steep climb through the village to access it. Tough for those with physical handicaps. The posted opening times were not strictly adhered to. But the village is cute and the scenery is magnificent.

Thank Auntieknowsbest
Cannes, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The guided visit is excellent, thanks to Francesco for his expertise and kindness. The gardens are magnificent

Thank jean c
Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

Saorge itself is a totally enthralling location and this monastery is set at the top of a long walk up at the top of the village. From here you can see all around the village and the mountains beyond and the monastery itself has magnificent wall paintings and a beautiful well-maintained garden.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 October 2014

A spectacular torturous climb away from the coast and through the narrow gorge of the river Roya led us to Saorge. The landscape on the way up is grandiose, with the surprise bulbous roof of the Monastery appearing magically. Set half way up the mountain in a natural amphitheatre, yet only a few kilometres from the sea, The town's defensive... More 

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