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Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure, La Sauve

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
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 tourist route planner to get the most from your La Sauve vacation.
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  • beautiful remains of an Abbey, to make if you go away you will not be disappointed. An explanatory booklet is very well explicit with pictures and numbers.
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  • This Abbey with its historical past and all its vestiges of sculptures deserves to be on the Unesco heritage! I also enjoyed the visit to the Museum in addition to the Abbey, very didactic and full of pictures of the remains taken at the New York Museum and Aquitaine.
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  • See the Majesty of the whole and Romanesque capitals in daylight. The visit is well punctuated by the booklet and the different stops.
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