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Monastere de Saorge, Saorge

4.4
#6 of 13 in Historic Sites in Alpes Maritimes
Architectural Building Church
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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  • 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!  more »
  • 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 »
  • Sitting in the garden looking over the mountains surrounding the valley rates as one of my life's most moving experiences.  more »
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • A great vegetable garden in terraces overlooking the Valley
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  • Not very well maintained in some part. Some interesting books. Disappointing overall.
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