Abbaye de Saint-Gilles

Abbaye de Saint-Gilles: Address, Abbaye de Saint-Gilles Reviews: 4/5

Abbaye de Saint-Gilles
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Florian N
Bucharest, Romania194 contributions
A must visit landmark
Sep. 2017 • Family
The Abbey of Saint-Gilles is a Benedictine monastery founded by Saint Giles, it is included in the UNESCO Heritage List, as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.
Written September 26, 2017
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Varvara
Moscow, Russia149 contributions
Сlosed for renovation
May 2017 • Couples
The site is under major reconstruction, everything is covered by scaffolding and not worth a visit in such a condition
Written May 17, 2017
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ChurchCrawler
Bristol, UK87 contributions
Church, crypt, ruins
Jul. 2016 • Friends
Free entry to the church but a charge made to visit the huge crypt and the ruins of the choir. Self guided in the crypt, Guides to the ruins do not speak English. You can see most of the ruins without paying by taking the public footpath around the back of the church.
Written July 25, 2016
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,787 contributions
Abbey Saint-Gilles
Jan. 2016 • Couples
We stopped there by chance on our way back from Aigues-Mortes to Arles. We just decided to take another route back and saw Saint-Gilles on the map. I had no idea that the town was home to the abbey. Later an internet search revealed that it's a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France. The abbey was founded in the 7th century but its façade with elaborate bas-reliefs was built in the 11th century. It's a pity the abbey was closed, it would be interesting to look inside. If you walk all the way down the alley on the left side of the church you will see the ruins of what used to be the ancient choir which once was part of the church.
Written February 4, 2016
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JackRobinson10
Uppsala, Sweden37 contributions
Painfully neglected World Heritage site
Jul. 2015
This sadly neglected World Heritage site is not prepared to receive tourists. The square outside the abbey was empty except for pigeons and a sleepy café-bar. It was not possible to enter the building mid-afternoon, but we walked through the ruins. These were not marked or explained. If we had not been told this was an important historical site, we would never have guessed it.
Written September 21, 2015
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Bernhard B
Berkeley, CA6 contributions
Interesting Crypt
Jun. 2015 • Solo
Though the abbaye was destroyed during the reformation, the original crypt under the church remains.
Written June 21, 2015
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jose b
Paris, France12 contributions
interesting facade
Jun. 2012 • Couples
the facade of the Abbey is quite fascinating: a lot of the faces have been damage but the one who are not are superbe. On the Santiago path this abbey is worth the visit.
Written January 9, 2013
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Syrenne
Texas18 contributions
Great facade
Sep. 2012 • Family
The facade of this church is very special- the designers, influenced by the nearby Roman Theaters in Orange and Arles, as well as other Roman architecture, built a Romanesque church whose facade was laid out like a Roman theater proscenium, with an appropriate and extensive use of Roman architectural moldings while conforming to the contemporary statuary aesthetic of the time. It makes it a fairly unique and beautiful building. When you are visiting one gorgeous Romanesque church after another, this one stands out as different and a little bit wonderful.

We found it it very difficult to find the church, driving. Many of the streets are very narrow and it is poorly signed. We ended up parking next to the side of the building, and walked down the left side. This ended up being great, because behind the church is the ruins of another building- don't miss it!

A note of warning: my mother was sitting in the car, reading on her kindle. Someone opened the door and grabbed it out of her hands and ran off. Always remember to lock your doors, hide (or take with you) valuable items, and be vigilant.
Written September 25, 2012
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