LES 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.History of the Cordeliers cloisterThe 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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  • This historical monument is classified in UNESCO. Its the 14th century cloister is a beauty. You can visit the Underground cellars with the explanation and the effervescent wine tasting. It has a shop, a counter where you can buy baskets picnic to eat in the park where the tables and chairs.
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  • Fabulous welcome & complimentary tasting by the lovely Patricia. Such vibrant friendly quirky team in a splendid location. Human & canine friendly. Thank you, you gave us a fun time & keying bauble fo...  more »
  • free entrance where it is possible to have a bite and a drink the place is magical and surprising
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  • For me this is my favourite place in St Emilion - slightly off the beaten track with beautiful quite gardens in which to try a variety of amazing wines. And the most remarkable thing is that this place produces amazing sparkling white and rose wines at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended!
  • Beautiful place and friendly staff. Wine and food are really good also, so go ahead and visit.
  • Place with amazing atmosphere and great vintage champagne. It was the best and the most rememberable lunch ever
  • A special place. An oasis. Photogenic ruins. Shop sells souvenirs and also you can buy items for a picnic. There are many tables to enjoy the atmosphere and relax. You can also buy Cremant by the glass or bottle made by the methode traditionelle like Champagne it is an absolutely perfect accompaniment. Just add the person you love or family and it's a little piece of heaven
  • Beautiful ruins. There are tables and chairs here so you can enjoy a drink from the bar nearby.

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