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Abbaye aux Dames

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We were staying here while I was in Saintes to teach. A lovely hotel with excellent food, even... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
GeorgeK510
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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One of a pair

The Abbaye aux Hommes and Abbaye aux Dames were built as penance for a marriage not sanctified by... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2018
Noobab
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London, United Kingdom
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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 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying here while I was in Saintes to teach. A lovely hotel with excellent food, even coping with us arriving quite late. Definitely somewhere to visit again.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GeorgeK510
Reviewed October 31, 2018

The Abbaye aux Hommes and Abbaye aux Dames were built as penance for a marriage not sanctified by the organised religion of the day. I wanted to see them both. You can walk from one to the other in about 20 minutes via the Eglise...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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

Date of experience: October 2017
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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

Date of experience: August 2017
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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

Date of experience: August 2017
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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 !

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