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Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert, Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

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Church Tourist Spot
Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert, a Benedictine Abbey founded in 804 CE, is an official historical monument with notable architecture. The porch of the church dates from the 12th century, and the bell tower was constructed in the 15th. The nave is taller than the average church nave, with four bays, double arches, and supporting pilasters. The nave and two aisles feature a semicircular, barrel vaulted design. Admire the relieving arches on the side walls. The well-preserved, ornate Altar Guilhem is in its original condition, with white marble and black limestone inlaid with multicolored glass paste. The lapidary features decorative columns and statues, as well as the marble tomb of the founder of the abbey and other sarcophagi. See Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert and all Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert trip itinerary planner.
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  • I am not sure why this place remain classified as best French village. It was in May and we could not find a place to park. We were told that a Shuttle was available to take visitors. There were no si...  more »
  • This is a lovely calm abbey to visit. The town is fairly busy even n a cold day in April but the abbey feels very calm , a really contemplative place.  more »
  • It may be a very important for religious people and it has some relevance to the preservation of this wonderful place but as a site it's nice but far from impressive.  more »
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  • Lovely Abby and village
  • A charming medieval abbey. Part of it is now in the Cloisters Museum in New York.
  • Beautiful abbey in a typical village. The hike around the village is a must!
  • The most beautiful village and Church I have ever been to!
  • Beautiful village