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Abbaye de Saint-Gilles, Saint-Gilles

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Abbaye de Saint-Gilles represents a Benedictine monastery said to have been founded in the 7th century by St. Giles. Originally dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, it was eventually re-dedicated to Giles himself. His relics were housed in the French Romanesque abbey church, a destination for many pilgrims. Inside, Corinthian columns and medieval sculptural decorations dominate, including a bestiary and scenes from the Old and New Testaments. The frieze depicts scenes of Roman influence, and the bell tower (an 18th-century addition) is particularly eye-catching. The lower church houses the tomb of St. Giles, although his relics are no longer there. Behind the apses are what is left of the ancient choir area, which reveals a spiral staircase called the "Screw of St. Giles," built of cantilevered stone steps. Put Abbaye de Saint-Gilles into our Saint-Gilles travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Saint-Gilles.
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  • beautiful and loaded with history and stories... for US, Toulouse is the fief of origin of the counts of toulouse and the Abbey Church has been a place of humiliation for Raymond VI
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  • See if you are in Saint Gilles. Personally, I preferred visiting the Museum in the face, especially for its part of old objects. Espeyran Castle is to see also if you go during the heritage days.
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  • If you go there go there but good... beautiful monument but nothing exceptional either more.. .we had to go to the castle of Espeyran as it was on our way we are here!
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