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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
  • It is an architectural ensemble that must imperatively visit and not just the only Abbey... A quiet atmosphere, the beauty of the site make you spend a moment... The small shop nearby is very nice, you can drink a coffee or tea, sipping local products...
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  • That's 4 times that I teach a course Kolaimni to the Abbey and it is always a pleasure for me for trainees. In addition the rooms though simple have a charm, it's quiet and really beautiful. More staff is pleasant, helpful, friendly, in a Word, everything is there.
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  • 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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  • 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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