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Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes

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Monument Religious Site
Founded in 1047 by Geoffrey II, Count of Anjou, Abbaye aux Dames was the premier Benedictine abbey built for women. The abbey has been associated with several important figures, such as Agnes de Barbezieux, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Madame de Montespan. It was declared a historic monument in 1948, and is nestled in the Arch of Germanicus. Make Abbaye aux Dames a centerpiece of your Saintes vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Saintes travel itinerary planner.
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  • It's a very nice place, it's grandiose, beautiful and well maintained. The place is quiet and soothing, it's a pleasure to the eyes.
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  • The place of the Abbey is already a great place to visit for its architecture and its history. For a few euros you can sublimate it by a music and sound course which will guide you to the bell tower where you can enjoy a great view of the city.
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  • We did the audio tour by taking our time. 2: 00 instead of 1: 00. The explanations are sometimes a little too technical, but the whole thing is interesting. Visit of a cell of a nun and the great belfry.
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  • It is a quiet, restful place. The rooms are spacious, I liked this style of room. For me it's a wonderful place, and breakfast and hearty. I had a great night. The host and the author of the framework. I'll be back a few days.
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  • About the restaurant: situation, setting, Nice staff and atmosphere. Charm. Cuisine of quality. Good value for money. A good address.
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  • Abbey, Music Center, rooms for the night or rooms for family meetings: an exceptional, unforgettable & accessible place... and the colors of the stone under the Sun
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  • Very pretty Abbey with nice animation!
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  • Very friendly visit with an excellent audio guide. Maybe there is has you there still some improvements to be made but it is already very convincing :-)
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