Abbaye de Valsaintes, Simiane-la-Rotonde

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Garden Church
Located in the district of Gruyére, Canton of Fribourg, and is known to be the only remaining Carthusian monastery on Swiss soil. Built in 1295 by the Lord of Corbiéres - Girard I, the building was once destroyed by fire in 1381. The restoration of Abbaye de Valsaintes saw all of the 19th century interior work, including the floors, removed, with the oldest surviving part of the monastery being the two bays of 14th century vaulting set in Tuffiérre stone. Now widely known for its garden, Abbaye de Valsaintes is said to house more than 300 species and varieties of plants whose beauty is sure to astound you. Before you head to Simiane-la-Rotonde, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Simiane-la-Rotonde vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Simiane-la-Rotonde has to offer, including Abbaye de Valsaintes.
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  • This is a truly special location! You can feel the natural strenght when You walk around. Especially just outside the restored chapel. We visited the region sometimes before but didn't know this place...  more »
  • Superb collection of roses, growing in various groupings in a naturalistic way forms a delightful garden. There are lots of interpretation boards with details of the flowers. The Jardin Sec was fascin...  more »
  • A trip to Abbaey de Valsaintes goes through the lovely hillsides of Provence and in the Colorado Provencal. The drive in itself is a great experience. The destination is a place of peace and beauty, a...  more »
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  • What a find and what an unexpected pleasure! Visited 2 June 2016 and the gardens were in full bloom. The restoration of the buildings was also tremendous credit to the caregivers.
  • Very very disappointed because we were 5 years ago venus and the garden was beautiful full of beautiful roses with different varieties while there much less roses and for the most part small. A lot of weeds. Garden a little abandoned. We would stay there again and will not be in the pub. Too bad. The 1st time we had bought roses not this time.
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  • In this wonderful place you will find spaces to rest, breathe, relax, walk, meditate, contemplate, learn... and you will be welcomed by a warm and very competent team. Thank you all.
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  • A unique and lovely space.
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  • A place of historical, cultural and botanical animated by a team committed, not to be missed!
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