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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 tourist route planner to get the most from your La Sauve vacation.
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  • A remarkable support of visit described marquees, relying on pictures zoomed. In the Museum are exposed to the ancient manuscripts of the cornerstones... etc. Deserves a wide tour.
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  • After several visits, the site is always so beautiful and exciting. Visit booklet, which has been renewed, allows you to take full advantage of the site in autonomy and taking his time. Great tour allows however to better live the history of the place: we want more! National monument, the Abbey is open year-round (except Monday off-season). The home was not always the warmest at first contact, but improves.
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  • Must visit when you do this circuit. The Abbey is beautiful and the setting super. Not forget to climb the tower to see the panorama. Single gene: the reception of the people is not at the top
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