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Abbaye d'Hautecombe, Saint-Pierre-de-Curtille

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Abbaye d'Hautecombe is the burial place for the family from the House of Savoy, and later for a French king. It was originally built in 1125 as a monastery for the Cistercian order. Both Pope Celestine IV and Pope Nicolas III are said to have been monks here, but this was never proven. The building was also used as a fabric-printing factory in the 18th century. Its various designs take their influence from different eras and architects, so you will see a collage of architectural ideas depending on which portion of the monastery you’re touring. Most notable are the lighthouse abutting the water and the Gothic-Roman church restored in 1824. You’ll also be impressed by the sheer number of statues that adorn the interior of the church, 300 to be exact. Use our Saint-Pierre-de-Curtille trip generator to arrange your visit to Abbaye d'Hautecombe and other attractions in Saint-Pierre-de-Curtille.
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  • Abbey can be reached by car or by boat (regular lines from Aix Les Bains) across the Lake of Le Bourget. The Abbey Church open to visitors with audio-guides which dictate the stopping times at each corner (it does feel a bit confined the absence during a visit from a human contact). Many references to Italian history due to the presence of the remains of several Dukes and Kings of the House of Savoy. The Abbey is not open to the public except during national heritage weekend (mid-September). Overall an interesting visit thanks to exceptional location on the Lake, but not without being able to give an opinion on the Abbey.
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  • A very nice small town on Lac du Bourget located. Largest natural lake in Europe. Great Cathedral with a quiet atmosphere. Great Park to walk around, with a small bar on the lakeshore to refresh after seeing his neck after the whole incense. It is located next to the main entrance a small church boutique where you can buy some souvenirs such as postcards, holy statues, etc.. Very much recommended for a nice trip in fine weather. You can reach with a boat or ferry from the other Bank of the Abbaye. So not necessarily car necessary.
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  • Too bad not being able to access the monastery, at the lighthouse to the North-East of the cloister angle and especially the South façade of the Abbey with its superb gardens that can be seen from far away, in height from a point of view panorama...
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  • Best way to get there is to take a boat from Aix-les-Bains. As you approach the site, you can really take in and appreciate the architecture as seen from the lake.
  • The basilica is very pretty inside. Shame that you can only visit on an audio guide, and no pictures inside. Opening hours are tight. And you cannot visit any other part of the monastery. At the least the entrance fee is a bargain (€3.50).
  • Wonderful abbey, currently run by the Chemin Neuf community. A lot of activities for discerning one's vocation and spiritual life throughout the year, and a big, youth festival every summer with more than 1000 people and tons of activities, both spiritual and athletic.
  • Very beautiful settings on the lake shore of a big alpine lake. Do not miss to visit the barns near the lake with direct boat access ! Quite unique .
  • Glorious place. Sunset is perfect here, and the milky way is quite clear at night..great place to stay.
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