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Abbaye aux Dames

11 Place de l Abbaye | Bp 125, 17100 Saintes, France
+33 5 46 97 48 48
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Nice to Stroll Around

There are some pretty and peaceful parts of this old abbey. It's not the most beautiful abbey in... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
Melissa K
New York City, New York
Beautiful building

Bought a duo ticket for here and for the amphitheatre at 11 Euro including audio guides. Plenty of... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
Malton, United Kingdom
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The Abbaye aux Dames is today the musical hub of Saintes. It was the first convent in the Saintonge region. The nuns were powerful women, wearing crosses and striking coins. The influence of the abbey was vast. This is still true today thanks to its musical activities and its unique architectural heritage.The Notre Dames church is a pearl of Romanesque art. The portal is richly decorated. The bell tower, in the shape of a pine cone and covered in stone scales, can be visited. Why not follow the path to heaven, you'll find a panoramic view over the town of Saintes. Discover the convent building, from its chapter house to the nuns' private quarters.
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11 Place de l Abbaye | Bp 125, 17100 Saintes, France
+33 5 46 97 48 48
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

There are some pretty and peaceful parts of this old abbey. It's not the most beautiful abbey in France, but if you're Saintes, then you can certainly do a quick visit.

Thank Melissa K
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Bought a duo ticket for here and for the amphitheatre at 11 Euro including audio guides. Plenty of parking on site. Visited on a hot day but plenty of places to sit or rest in the shade. Good tour round with audio guide. Helpful staff...More

Thank Sheff6061
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Located a short walk up the road behind tourist office or you can drive as there's plenty of parking. You can obtain a dual access ticket with the amphitheatre which is good value at 22 euros for two and includes audio guides at both sites....More

Thank nnmercman
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent. Will return. The accommodation was very clean, comfortable and very central. Parking easy and the continental breakfast we had was good value as was the hotel

Thank 01Tes01
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We were there on a late afternoon after the rain. The church was completely empty but there was music, birds were chirping and the free parking in the back was a plus. Google the title for more on its history.

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This review is really about the superb gift shop/café which most people take for granted -it offers high quality goods, coffee and help in lovely surroundings. Some of the goods, there leatherwork bags/wallets for example - leave leading quality brands in smart shops in the...More

1  Thank Paulblanc1
Reviewed 7 October 2016

The site has undergone some needed preservation and that means that some of the stonework looks new but without the restoration there was a danger of serious damage to the structure, so THANK YOU to the conservationist in preserving a beautiful site for future generations....More

Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The outside of the church and former convent are definitely worth seeing. Inside the cathedral is very disappointing. It feels like some bad renovation took place especially the ceiling. Quite a let down when you think of the history of this place!

Thank Rickidy
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This old Abbey had many lives. There are some souvenirs of its glorious past including intricately sculpted entrances. But restorations have been so extensive that a lot of the medieval flavor is now lost.

Reviewed 1 August 2016

Very interesting visit. The church was built for the convent so several unusual features of you know your architgecture and church history etc. There is a renowed music college/venue as part of the complex.

Thank SwindonMitch
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