Abbaye de Saint-Roman, Beaucaire

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Recognized as a National Heritage Site of France, Abbaye de Saint-Roman served as a cave monastery for over a thousand years. You can explore a chapel, cloisters, tombs, terrace, and walls and networks of underground chambers. The abbey was constructed in the 9th, 10th, 12th, and 15th centuries. The path to the abbey leads past a large chamber and monks' cells to the tomb of Saint Roman in a chapel carved out of the limestone. A walk up to the terrace gives you a clear view of the Rhone and other significant features of the surrounding area. Work out when and for how long to visit Abbaye de Saint-Roman and other Beaucaire attractions using our handy Beaucaire tour planner.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Very nice place with a great view. The Abbey is in ruins but surprising; the guides do a comparison with the caves of troglodytes of Cappadocia in Turkey and it is not fake. Amazing what our ancestors have done: a chapel dug into the rock, tiny cells of monks and hermits, many graves carved into the rock. The site is definitely worth a visit.
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  • August 7, 2017
    On the way back of Beaucaire we made a detour drive to this forsaken Abbey. The way is not easy to find GPS. The parking lot has changed probably more often the location, the old access roads are blocked with stones. From the right (small and very little shaded) parking a path paved with stones leads up fairly steep and only partially shaded. The climb drags on and you will not be informed below, whether is above any open, which may be the case quite "weather" and "Lunch". We were in after we've paid a pretty high entrance. You get a sheet with explanations, on request also in German language. Otherwise it is pretty deserted, there are no signs or other declarations. So you climb through quite perplexed with the other visitors dilapidated buildings and (natural or carved into the rock?) Caves, which probably was the monastery. There is also a circuit that is but so badly signposted, you are looking for the right way can be at best the children as a game. This is then also the highlight for them... Once at the top "on the roof" has a beautiful wide panoramic view. Unfortunately, the landscape is littered with various industrial buildings. Also here inevitably discovered the grave sites that were driven to levels anywhere in the stone. And it was then already. One wonders what happened with the whole admission, because in the maintenance of the system it doesn't seem to flow. So for example the paths and footbridges in the rain are dangerously slippery, the stairs require attention in the dry part. You must often take children on hand so that they do not fall out. More often, one has an indefinite feeling, that the walls and arches to one could collapse around every moment. Conclusion: Admission is too high for that you must visit a few living caves and burial holes.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Pity that this site is not sufficiently highlighted. We would love to understand how life, organized what were the living conditions? A small guided tour of a works widely affordable for young children 6/9 years) avoid the hottest hours of the day and plan species
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  • September 23, 2016
    An interesting site ... ok with kid's but be aware it's not the safest place on the planet. From the parking lot it's a good walk up to get to the site. And at the site itself there are stairs, ladders, steps, ... you get a good idea when you check my pictures. I had no trouble with my 4 and 8 year old just keep an eye on them.
  • August 9, 2017
    Not very famous but fabulous to Lake one of the most beautiful places I've found in southern France
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  • April 4, 2017
    Very friendly visit. Difficult to access for people with reduced mobility. Superb view. Even for those who live not far from Beaucaire, it's free on proof of address.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very interesting this Abbey in part in the rock
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  • April 24, 2017
    Great visit with an extraordinary guide to must-see 😊😊😊
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