Cloitre des Cordeliers, Saint-Emilion

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The Cordeliers cloister is situated in France, at the heart of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion in the Gironde area. It is one of the town’s most emblematic and picturesque sites, containing a monolithic church. A listed Historical Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it also has underground cellars where sparkling wines are produced.
The Cordeliers before their arrival at the cloisterThe cloister gets its name from its first ever occupants, the Cordeliers, Franciscan monks who followed the precepts established by St. Francis of Assisi in 1210. The name was given to them by Jean de Beauffort during the Seventh Crusade on account of their traditional dress of a large brown or grey course cloak fastened with a cord belt. Before occupying the current cloister the Cordeliers monks most probably lived in a place called ‘Les Menuts’ outside the town walls. Until the development of mechanical cultivation, remnants of the old Cordeliers church could still be seen in the area now occupied by Clos des Menuts. The word ‘menut’ in Gascon means ‘small’ or ‘detail’, and was also the nickname given to the Cordeliers during this period.
The 14th century: the construction of the cloisterIn the 14th century numerous battles between the Kings of France and the Dukes of Aquitaine brought unrest to the region. The monastery was pillaged in 1337 during clashes between the Lords of Guyenne and the Counts of Eu and Guinness. To protect themselves against future attacks, the Cordeliers asked to move within the Saint-Emilion walls. They were granted permission in 1338 and immediately began construction work on their chapel. In 1343 they obtained permission from the Pope to establish their monastery within the town, prompting construction of the cloister and part of the monastery building. A few years later the Cordeliers undertook work to convert the chapel into a church, which is still visible today. The rest of the buildings were enclosed inside the walls. In 1383 the King of England finally gave the monks a plot of building land right next to their old home but this time on the right side of the wall.
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  • The "tourist pump" is superb "Babioles for sale ..As at Euro-disney. Besides, you have to pass through the shop. .. But i regret the close of yesteryear!!! We felt like we were the only ones who knew this magical place and yet, when we arrived in the garden, there were always people. Today: Haughty and unsympathetic staff (and yes, you have to match the décor)!! Exorbitant price. Besides, there are fewer people in the garden. So visit the shop, the garden and then. .. there is. Oh, by the way: when you swallow up huge sums of money as I think it is, you also do the toilets again! I'm sorry I didn't take a picture. I wish you to earn a lot of money, but I will stay on my memories ...
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  • A very pleasant cloister especially for strong sun. A pose in front of the murals. It's really nice to do.
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  • Located on the heights this cloister under renovation is very nice to visit. you can eat there in the shade. It's all planned.
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  • Little gem to get a bottle of sparkling wine and enjoy it in the garden behind the shop. Nice and hidden, perfect place. Yes, you pay more if you consume a bottle in the garden of the abbey, but honestly, that is always the case when you drink on a terrace.
  • This place offers a walking tour of their 3 kilometers of underground cellar storage which is fascinating. They talk about the monks and the history of the town - but it’s all in French unless you get lucky that your whole group is English and then they will bend the rules for you (kind :). Ends with three small samples of their sparkling wine 🍷. We bought a bottle for 26 euros and sat in their lawn garden and loved it!
  • don't stop in any other place in st emilion, here you can enjoy the st emilion gran cru on a quiet terrace while not paying for the surpluses of the city centre.
  • Not a wine bar. A winery offering their own wine. No tastings. Pay by the glass. also offers tours of their winery
  • We spent a couple hours at Les Cordeliers and loved it. It was fun to visit the cloister, see the restoration and hear the story of the Franciscan Monks who occupied the site in the 1300's to 1789. We had a great time on our 1 1/2 hr walking tour including the wine caves - and then a 'Cremant de Bordeaux' sparkling wine tasting. English speaking guides! They also do the tour on a tuk tuk if you don't want to walk, but really not a lot of walking. Might bring a sweater for the cave walk. You can buy picnic items after your tour (or without a tour) - baguettes, sausage, terrines, spreads etc. and eat at the tables in the beautiful garden.
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