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L'Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure, La Sauve

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A former Benedictine monastery, L'Abbaye de 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 L'Abbaye de 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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  • See if you are in the corner, responsible history site. A tour booklet will make you enjoy the capitals and the history of the Abbey. Beautiful panorama from the top of the tower.
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  • Decided to tour the wine region in more detail, stopping in small towns and taking side roads. Saw this on the map and felt it was worth a look and it definitely was. On top of a hill with great views...  more »
  • Go in silent solitude the inside of these ruins, Ascend them 157 treads of its Tower imagining them centuries of history that witnessed, the lives of which here resided and worked... admire the art of the master stonemasons... for those who like this kind of holes whether or not religious, will be a great experience. 1000 years of history. Highly recommended, although the entrance to eur 8 felt like us a both face for a heritage of humanity and of all. We do not believe that the excuse of maintenance is this valid time.
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