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. A visit to Abbaye de Saint-Gilles represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Saint-Gilles trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • May be the only monument to visit (and not miss) to Saint Gilles, which is not too charming! The (small) port is a must-see. That's all.
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  • The Abbey of Saint-Gilles is a Benedictine monastery founded by Saint Giles, it is included in the UNESCO Heritage List, as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in ...  more »
  • A heritage that deserves a visit, was under construction when we visited, but worth it to stop.
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