Monastere de Saorge, Saorge

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#4 of 13 in Historic Sites in Alpes Maritimes
French architecture finds its roots back in ancient historic ages. Monastere de Saorge is the only existing building in the world with French monastic architecture. It is an epitome of Franciscan art. At the entrance, lies a rectangular abbey. There are majestic murals, better known as frescos, with 25 glass arches on top. It represents the journey of St. Francis’ life at Assisi. Towards the upper end of the walls, there are Baroque frescoes and sundials. The sundial is a signature of Franciscan art, which depicts the might of the Sun. The dining room is painted with vibrant colors. The four walls of the room represent allegories of 4 Franciscan monastic qualities that are: chastity, obedience, poverty, and humility. Inside, there is also the special church of Our Lady of Miracles. It houses 14 paintings, some of the oldest in the world. The masterpiece of the monastery is the garden outside. The monks cultivate vegetables, to feed the villagers here. To visit Monastere de Saorge and get the most from your holiday in Saorge, create itinerary details personal to you using our Saorge vacation trip planner.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Village beauty with his monastery a must visit. Francisco, our guide has captured our attention during 1 H 30. A breathtaking tour. A real comedian, a writer, a passionate, who takes us through the history of this place. A big thank you.
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  • July 16, 2017
    Very nice visit this monastery. Well, the cloister was restored. The Church, the sacristy, the refectory, the garden etc... Everything is to be seen.
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  • July 11, 2017
    Monument to visit if you spend on Saorge, ask "Francisco" as a guide, and you will discover this monastery while attending a play of the "Commedia dell'arte". This boy is divine in its delivery.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Very nice, great views, not so big , worth a visit
  • July 4, 2017
    Interesting visit, with beautiful frescoes and a beautiful garden. For information, it is a convent in reality. It is better to take the guided tour (for the same price) for the explanation of the history of the convent.
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  • June 23, 2017
    Possibility to have a guided tour for the price of admission with a dynamic guide and interresting. Very nice monastery very well restored, with beautiful original frescoes.
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  • February 11, 2017
    Unique monastery in baroque style in France, a marvel preserved in the middle of the mountains. The guide is great which makes the really interesting, a must visit!
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  • June 19, 2017
    A great vegetable garden in terraces overlooking the Valley
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