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Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes
(4.2/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The Abbey is very interesting for the price paid. Nothing really notable to see. However the Church of our Lady, whose access is free is worth the trip, both for inside and outside.
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  • The buildings of the Abbey, in very good condition can be admired from the peaceful gardens. Currently there are occupied by a music school and there is a sector intended for accommodation. The Church, which was consecrated in 1047 underwent important transformations in the 12TH century when the plant was modified, the domes were built and rose Bell, very well seen from the courtyard. The Church, of Romanesque architecture has a façade with a portico and side blind arches, sculptures and decorated arches. The interior is austere, possesses a simple altar, stained-glass windows color and when visited it could see hung on its walls a number of excellent and colorful tapestry of different artisans... Also there a souvenir shop in one of the buildings of the Abbey. The set is a historic monument and the access to the Church is free. A very nice visit that is worth making.
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  • We loved this original tour with headphones, music in 3D. The route through different points on the site while listening to music and poetic comments was really great.
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Google
  • 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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  • Nice but a bit expensive
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  • A perfectly restored place, witness of the history of France and Normandy. The tour is free and is rich of inaccessible information by visiting only!
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  • Not enough explications.bzaucoup of closed rooms
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  • The rooms give an impression of serenity, of wisdom, of being in another time! The food is excellent! In short I recommend.
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