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Monastere de Saorge, Saorge
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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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  • very nice monastery, he must love the market and especially mount. the slope is steep and I recommend to the elderly. Outdoor cinema during the month of August at the monastery, made by enthusiasts of interesting lectures.
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  • Unique baroque monastery, with a lovely garden and many original features. Great guide, who will tell you how the village and the monastery fit in the history of Piemont and Savoie! 
  • Last night we loved the annual night time tour given by Francesco, the accomplished daytime guide who combined his formal historic knowledge of the monastery with a fun sense of humour and candlelight...  more »
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  • A faire !
  • Not very well maintained in some part. Some interesting books. Disappointing overall.
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