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Abbaye de Saint-Gilles, Saint-Gilles

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Religious Site
Abbaye de Saint-Gilles representsĀ 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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  • The site is under major reconstruction, everything is covered by scaffolding and not worth a visit in such a condition  more »
  • Free entry to the church but a charge made to visit the huge crypt and the ruins of the choir. Self guided in the crypt, Guides to the ruins do not speak English. You can see most of the ruins without...  more »
  • We stopped there by chance on our way back from Aigues-Mortes to Arles. We just decided to take another route back and saw Saint-Gilles on the map. I had no idea that the town was home to the abbey. L...  more »