Saint Peter's Abbey of Solesmes, Solesmes

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#7 of 14 in Historic Sites in Sarthe
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  • very good restaurant, pleasant personal smiling flat nice looked and very good Bill reasonable
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  • free visit of the Abbey a must see the burial in the tomb of the Virgin and Christ's warm welcome of the monks
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  • For who is interested in Gregorian chant. Attention however, only the chapel can be visited. The most beautiful view of the Abbey we seemed to be the path from the other side of the Sarthe.
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  • Lovely grounds and heavenly chanting by the monks! Breathtaking sculptures - my favorite was the Dormition of the Blessed Mother!
  • A calming of the soul that can only be experienced first hand.
  • The art of Gregorian chant was almost lost shortly after the age of enlightenment..The french revolution nailed the last few nails. It was not until the 19th century that the Abbé of Solesme, Dom Guerangé, did his research on gregorian chant and single handily brought back the medieval tradition of Gregorian chant the old school way. Since then, monasteries from all over Europe send their monks to be trained at Solesme. The "High" Mass of 10:30 am on Sunday is a real show down, procession with incense, candles and chant. ONe is welcome to make a silent retreat with the Monks ( about 100 brothers) no longer than a week. the first three days are tough, but after that, one runs to the chapel as if driven by the wind. After a week in this monastery, the outside world feels just very strange..one may feel like running back!..I did at least 20 silent retreats in Solesme from 1988-1996
  • Sacred place, music of heaven
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