Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure, La Sauve

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A former Benedictine monastery, Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure was founded by Gerald of Sauve-Majeure, who also served as its first abbot. Its name refers to the Silva Major, the great forest that then occupied the whole region known as the Vignoble de l'Entre-Deux-Mers ("vineyard between two seas"). During the Middle Ages the abbey prospered, but by the Renaissance period it was in decline, and the building's structure suffered from neglect for several centuries before it was abandoned. Although now in ruins, the remains of the abbey are still of great interest in terms of Romanesque architecture. Stroll the tranquil grounds, admire the columns decorated with biblical scenes, and climb the 157 steps up the bell tower for sweeping views over the countryside. If you're hungry, dine at the excellent restaurant at the base of the site. For Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure and beyond, use our La Sauve road trip planner to get the most from your La Sauve vacation.
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  • With its imposing vestiges of what was a major building (very rich, it extended its possessions and its influence from England to Castile), the Abbey of the lifesaving does not take its name from the salvation of the souls that it was able to shelter, but from the great forest (Silva) who surrounded him. A touching testimony of the apogee of Romanesque art.
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  • The Gironde is rich in abbeys, which are linked together by a devotional path on foot or by bicycle and alternative to the Spanish route of St. James. The remains of La Sauve Majeure are suggestive and testify to the glories of the past, when the abbey was a center of prayer but also of power
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  • We can imagine the grandeur of the place in the light of these ruins. The restorations of the vaults give an insight into what architecture could be. The climb in the tower is nice in itself by the narrowness of the passage but the view once at the top is nothing impactful. The lapidary Museum gives to see some rare pieces but it is quick to tour the places
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  • A place full of history very interesting to discover. No Guide at that time just a booklet maybe a little bit fair! It would be good I think of putting small posters in the different places visited
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  • Superb this ruin of the Abbey. Well preserved, majestic and impressive, watch out for visiting days. Closed on Mondays
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  • Religious building located in the Entre Deux MERs and overlooking the small village of la Sauve Maggiore. From any place where you arrive... you see it.
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  • Very nice place filled with history, very pleasant to wander even if the tower was not accessible when we came. I highly recommend!
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  • Mystical experience out of time, in a pleasant setting, very beautiful region. The steps are worth it for this beautiful panorama!!!
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