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Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes

(4.2/5 based on 180 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
  • Bien_qu' she often changed destination,' convent, barracks...) There's an atmosphere of serenity to this Abbey. Did not visit the inside which is used for cultural associations, but very beautiful Abbey Church with a beautiful Romanesque portal.
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  • Located close to the city center, this former benedictine Abbey deserves its historical and cultural interest.
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  • The Abbey for women is less than ten minutes walk from the city centre of Saintes and get there from the arc of Germanicus either the park or the streets is a real pleasure. Besides the steeple pine cone-shaped is already visible. On-site, we like to start the beauty and tranquility of the place. The Abbey naturally finds its place in a harmonious whole. The small souvenir shop is interesting and offers many regional products.
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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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