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Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure

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Address: 14 rue de l Abbaye, 33670 La Sauve, France
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+33 5 56 23 01 55

Masterpiece of Roman art of 12th century, this Benedictine Abbey quickly...

Masterpiece of Roman art of 12th century, this Benedictine Abbey quickly became established as an active religious centre. The majestic ruins let discover remarkable sculpted capitals with biblical figures and monsters from ages or far oriental countries. From the top of its bell-tower, you can enjoy a remarkable view on the village and the countryside. In December 1998 the Abbey was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site as one of the stages on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Open: > June to September: from 10 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > October to May: from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed: > Mondays from October to May. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Beautiful old Abbey

Decided to tour the wine region in more detail, stopping in small towns and taking side roads. Saw this on the map and felt it was worth a look and it definitely was. On top of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Decided to tour the wine region in more detail, stopping in small towns and taking side roads. Saw this on the map and felt it was worth a look and it definitely was. On top of a hill with great views (especially from the tower), near a quaint town and surrounded by lovely countryside. Arrived just as the fog was... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Easy to spot if you just set your gps (sat nav) for Sauve. it is a 12th century Benedictine Abbey what's a Brahmin decorations. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is 7.5 year olds for adults let the children. It is a pleasant walk in a park-like area.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Found the experience one of a spiritual nature as one felt the ambience of the Abbey. The tour booklet that is given as a guide was an excellent reference and we were able follow it quite easily. One needs to go past the souvenir shop and view the many artifacts that are in the museum that have been recovered from... More 

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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

I happen to love picturesque ruins and the Abbaye is spectacular when blue sky is framed by ancient arches. There is much to admire...stone carvings, chapel columns and the remains of windowed walls. Being a UNESCO site, it is well managed and there is a small museum and gift shop. The entry ticket is 7€ and you're provided with a... More 

Thank julijoyeux
Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

One could miss La Suave in a blink if driving too fast, but the Abbey ( Abbaye) stands out on top of the hill. Originally built in the 12th century and at one time the most powerful Abbey in the area with control over almost all of France, parts of Spain and England, it today stands as a really wonderful... More 

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Charlbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

If you like derelict abbeys well-furnished with Romanesque capitals and supported by excellent book shops, this is the place for you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

We visited the Abbey as part of our day's cycling. A bit of a hill from the cycle path, but well worth the effort. The Abbey and surrounding area is spectacular, and while the narrow winding staircase up the tower is a bit of a trek - 157 steps, the views from the top are magnificent. Well worth the visit,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

The Abbey was very important on the way to Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage. Worth visiting its grounds and the ruins. Lovely restaurant to have lunch nearby.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is worth a visit to stroll around the ruin if you're passing by. They offer a nice guide and you can climb the tower.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

This is well worth a stop if in the Creon area. Make sure to eat at the retstaurant at the foot just off the car park.

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