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Abbaye Notre Dame de Ganagobie

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Address: Prieure de Ganagobie | Ganagobie, Forcalquier, France
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Had to type the name of the Abbey in order for trip advisor to know the location. Was a beautiful day and had fantastic views. Also a festival going on which was very interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 June 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Had to type the name of the Abbey in order for trip advisor to know the location. Was a beautiful day and had fantastic views. Also a festival going on which was very interesting to see. The gift shop is also very interesting and worth a visit. Be sure to see the view toward the west.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

The windy road is attractive, going up and down. Goning down it shows the view lots of times in many different angles. The site of cloister and church itself is amazing, even if you cannot go inside as we did, arriving at 1900 (church and shp closess at 1730, open at 1430; you are allowed to be with masses when... More 

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West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

The drive up is an experience and worth the trip to see the vista once you've made it to the top. The Ganagobie monestary is so gorgeous and peaceful. Most of it is off limits but people do go on retreat here and I imagine that is how you see most of the sites. The vista outside near the main... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Extensive trails allow you to explore the plateau. Make sure you visit the Abbaye's gift shop. Local products fill the shelves. It's a great excursion.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Nice. Worth a small detour, but not a trip. Very little is available to the tourist - you must be on a retreat to see most of the site. Gift shop is great, though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

Ganagobie monastery We visited this monastery early in the morning (10am). It was a very steep switchback drive up to the Monastery but in Provence, if you want to visit a touristic site, they are usually perched on a mountain side somewhere up near the heavens! As a matter of fact, if you wish to feel even more spiritual, the... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2012

If you are driving in the Durance valley (A-51 motorway), take a break and visit the ancient medieval monastery of Ganagobie - north of Sisteron on the West side of the river. A short drive up from the local road leads into a still-active Benedictine monastery whose church - which can be visited - hosts some of France's most unusual... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2012

It is not possible to visit the whole monastery: only church is open to the public, giving access to the twelfth Century mosaics; the cloister can be seen through glass protected windows. It is also possible to visit the surrounding plateau, notable for the view over the Durance valley .

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