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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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  • A heritage that deserves a visit, was under construction when we visited, but worth it to stop.
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  • Beautiful Abbey, despite the restoration underway but that doesn't bother the visit, the area nothing fancy, small port nice but nothing more
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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 »

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