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Address: 11 Place de l Abbaye | BP 125, 17100 Saintes, France
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The Abbaye aux Dames is today the musical hub of Saintes. It was the first...

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 musical activities and its unique architectural heritage.The Notre Dames church is a pearl of Romanesque art. The portal is richly decorated. The bell tower, in the shape of a pine cone and covered in stone scales, can be visited. Why not follow the path to heaven, you'll find a panoramic view over the town of Saintes. Discover the convent building, from its chapter house to the nuns' private quarters.

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Go to the gift/book shop/cafe/tourist desk as well as the Abbey

This review is really about the superb gift shop/café which most people take for granted -it offers high quality goods, coffee and help in lovely surroundings. Some of the... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
Paulblanc1
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Saintes, France
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Saintes, France
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

This review is really about the superb gift shop/café which most people take for granted -it offers high quality goods, coffee and help in lovely surroundings. Some of the goods, there leatherwork bags/wallets for example - leave leading quality brands in smart shops in the shade for quality and price, then cheaper items relating to the Abbey, like kitchen aprons,... More 

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KENT
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Reviewed 7 October 2016

The site has undergone some needed preservation and that means that some of the stonework looks new but without the restoration there was a danger of serious damage to the structure, so THANK YOU to the conservationist in preserving a beautiful site for future generations. Take care walking in the side roads near this site, we nearly fell victims to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

The outside of the church and former convent are definitely worth seeing. Inside the cathedral is very disappointing. It feels like some bad renovation took place especially the ceiling. Quite a let down when you think of the history of this place!

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

This old Abbey had many lives. There are some souvenirs of its glorious past including intricately sculpted entrances. But restorations have been so extensive that a lot of the medieval flavor is now lost.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Very interesting visit. The church was built for the convent so several unusual features of you know your architgecture and church history etc. There is a renowed music college/venue as part of the complex.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Beautiful architecture, peaceful place, the color of the stone makes the light pays with the lines of this strict building.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Attended five days if the Festival and enjoyed 11 concerts. The Abbaye is well suited for these concerts, whether symphonic or intimate Cipriani de Rore style of music.

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Solihul
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

Fascinating place to visit, well organised with audio translations to hire which were not expensive. The gardens are must too

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Certainly a must visit when in Saints. Located near the beautiful Charante river and by a lovely park the Abbaye aux Dames is worth a couple of hours of anyone's time. An eleventh century building with so much history and peace. There is a real feeling of tranquility as you walk around the buildings and a simplicity which really makes... More 

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Dampierre-sur-Boutonne, France
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Reviewed 1 March 2016

What a great place to visit, especially on a beautiful sunny spring day as there are great views across Saintes from the bell tower. You can visit the Abbey for free, but it is worth paying the very reasonable fee and doing the tour. The audio tour offers you the speedy version if you are short of time (or easy... More 

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