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Abbaye aux Dames

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Well worth a visit

The abbey is worth a look. Give yourself an hour and a half and take the audio guide. The guide is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rhona R
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Petersfield, England, United Kingdom
overnight stop

There is a small hotel on one floor in the old monastic quarters. Perfect location, very central... read more

Reviewed August 25, 2018
Loopyloolooloo
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The Abbaye aux Dames is today the musical hub of Saintes. It was the first convent in the Saintonge region. The nuns were powerful women, wearing crosses and striking coins. The influence of the abbey was vast. This is still true today thanks to its...more
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11 Place de l Abbaye | Bp 125, 17100 Saintes, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The abbey is worth a look. Give yourself an hour and a half and take the audio guide. The guide is clear, interesting and is easy to follow. The staff in the shop spoke English and they do not close for lunch.

Thank Rhona R
Reviewed August 25, 2018

There is a small hotel on one floor in the old monastic quarters. Perfect location, very central and very atmospheric. Bathrooms are not en suite but down the corridor, perfectly adequate, but the rooms are actually very comfortable and clean. Breakfast is very good, and...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Fine old place loaded with history. A short walk over the bridge in to the town centre where there is everything.

Thank Rochebonnechateau
Reviewed June 24, 2018

A wonderful place, steeped in history and with a fantastic audio tour - we took the 3D musical version which was sublime. A lovely way to spend an hour or two.

Thank ChF1967
Reviewed April 21, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely sunny day in Saintes sightseeing. Abbaye aux Dames was one of our first sights to visit. Abbaye aux Dames is an ancient Benedictine abbey founded in 1047 by the Count of Anjou Geoffroy Martel and his wife. It was one of...More

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

To be honest I found this pretty difficult to get through. The Abbey looks stunning but sadly the audio guide laboured on technical detail far too long that sadly in the end I was fairly bored. Even skipping though some of the more meaty subject...More

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Reviewed September 4, 2017

Fabulous Benedictine abbey going back to the 11th Century. It oozes history and must have been very influential in its day. Well worth a visit.More

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Lucie F, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye aux Dames, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Thank you for sharing your visit at the Abbey ! Indeed, the Abbey, first Ladies's Abbey in Saintonge, was found in the 11th Century by the Earl from Anjou Geoffroy Martel and his wife. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the place was managed during centuries...More

Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely day in Sainte, visiting the ampitheatre and the Abby which was charming. The audio commentary was fun and impressive. The Bell tower was errie​ to get to but fabulous once at the top, views were amazing and the photo opportunities where...More

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Lucie F, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye aux Dames, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Thank you for sharing your visit in Saintes ! We are glad to know that everything was going well for you. We hope that you'll be coming back again at the Abbey !

Reviewed July 8, 2017

There are some pretty and peaceful parts of this old abbey. It's not the most beautiful abbey in France, but if you're Saintes, then you can certainly do a quick visit.

Thank Melissa K
Reviewed June 10, 2017

Bought a duo ticket for here and for the amphitheatre at 11 Euro including audio guides. Plenty of parking on site. Visited on a hot day but plenty of places to sit or rest in the shade. Good tour round with audio guide. Helpful staff...More

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