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. See Monastere de Saorge and all Saorge has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saorge itinerary planner .
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  • The village of Saorge is quaint and charming, he is the starting point for beautiful hikes. But we must reserve a time for the visit of the Franciscan monastery; the staff is very friendly, the building is well preserved, unique of its kind, and it holds many surprises, as for example the frescoes in the refectory. Do not miss the guided tour, quite remarkable (thanks Francesco!)
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Very nice, great views, not so big , worth a visit
  • 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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