Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure

Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure

Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites
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10:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:30
Saturday
10:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:30
Sunday
10:30 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:30
About
Masterpiece of Roman art of 12th century, this Benedictine Abbey quickly became established as an active religious centre. The majestic ruins let discover remarkable sculpted capitals with biblical figures and monsters from ages or far oriental countries. From the top of its bell-tower, you can enjoy a remarkable view on the village and the countryside. In December 1998 the Abbey was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site as one of the stages on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
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Robert H
Bunbury, Australia21 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a must see if you're in the area. The walk around the ruin is very relaxing and you can get a good sense of what the place was once. The view from the tower is impressive and a must if you cna handle the steps. The nearby restaurant is brilliant.
Written 9 December 2019
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Bonjour, Nous sommes ravis que vous ayez passé un agréable moment dans notre abbaye. Merci pour votre commentaire et notation ! Au plaisir de vous accueillir à nouveau,
Written 5 October 2020
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Robert H
Bunbury, Australia354 contributions
Oct 2019
This place is well worth a visit and at 6 euros for an adult a bargain. You can get a good sense of what the place must have been like when it was fulkly operational. The climb up the tower is worth the effort and affords a terrific view of the surrounding countryside but also the foot print of the old Abbey. We took small binoculars which helped us to see some of the sculpture work. The museum has some pieces of note especially the floor tiles. A must see place if in the area.
Written 1 October 2019
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Thank you so much for your feedback and notation ! We are glad that you have enjoyed your visit :)
Written 30 October 2019
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zostar
England153 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This place is well worth a visit, it costs 6 euros. There is a little museum next to the shop which has some interesting exhibits. I have visited lots of places like this but found it really interesting, I've never been anywhere that had the carvings in the walls which were part of the dedication ceremony, like ultra posh foundation stones perhaps. I'm Too decrepit to climb up the tower, the view must be spectacular.

The other brilliant thing is the book they loan out in your own language which explains everything really well, it couldn't be easier to seek out the points of interest and read all about them.

There are some picnic tables outside the maison du vin.

If you park in the village it is a short steep walk to the site, I didn't notice any disabled parking onsite, probably best to enquire first if you're not very mobile.

We did call in the mason du vin but the person there wasn't particularly welcoming, unlike at Cadillac which was really good.
Written 10 August 2019
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Bonjour, Nous sommes ravis que votre visite vous ait plu. Des documents de visite virtuels sont également disponibles sur notre site internet, et ce dans différentes langues. Nous vous remercions pour votre commentaire ! A très bientôt dans nos monuments !
Written 5 October 2020
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Johnfbk
Launceston, Australia76 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited the abbey today and the woman who sold us tickets was very pleasant and spoke quite good English. We were the only visitors. We were wandering around really enjoying the wonderful ruins which are certainly worth a visit when a man came up and said they were closing in 5 minutes. I explained we had just bought our tickets and come in and he said we would have to come back in two hours which of course didn’t suit us as we were cycling and had a fair way to go. We rushed around ran up and down tower and headed to the exit albeit after 10 mins to find we were locked in!!! We knocked and yelled for help as there was no way short of scaling the gate which we were about to do ( both in our 60’s) when a man who spoke English came to the gate and told us they were inside having lunch. After more banging on door they finally let us out! Beware the opening hours as we were not warned the abbey would be shutting in 15 mins when we paid our entrance fees.
Written 17 July 2019
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Bonjour monsieur, il y a dû avoir une incompréhension mais en effet, le site ferme le temps du déjeuner. Nous espérons que votre visite n'a pas été trop ternie par ce moment et que votre découverte du lieu en a valu le détour. Au plaisir de vous revoir,
Written 6 August 2019
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FvH2014
Retie, Belgium425 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Friendly reception in the middle of the book/souvenir shop. Besides standard tourist guides, many beautiful books can be bought here.Admittance was EUR 12 for 2 adults and a child, not bad for such a nice place. An easy to use guide is provided on request, which points out where noteworthy details can be found in the buildings, plus their background.

Church/chapels are partly preserved, the tower is beautifully restored. Of the other buildings only outlines can be found, mainly on the ground only.

Climbing the tower is an experience by itself. Luckily we did not encounter anyone going in the opposite direction, but there is hardly enough room to pass each other on the two successive very steep and narrow winding staircases. On the top floor there are very good views in all directions.

Worth a visit, 30-60 mins.
Written 13 April 2019
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Merci pour votre notation, et au plaisir de vous revoir !
Written 24 April 2019
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Martyn W
Bath, UK118 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Even in its ruined state, this remarkable historic survival of medieval Christian monasticism is very impressive. Well explained guide books give one key information in an accessible way at well marked points. The quality of carvings is very impressive and the on-site museum has yet more. The climb to the top of the tower (via a lot of steps in a narrow spiral staircase) is well worth it, for the fine views. Very highly recommended indeed.
Written 16 July 2018
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Rose N
Montana Rose1,046 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Decided to tour the wine region in more detail, stopping in small towns and taking side roads. Saw this on the map and felt it was worth a look and it definitely was. On top of a hill with great views (especially from the tower), near a quaint town and surrounded by lovely countryside. Arrived just as the fog was clearing, the sky was blue and the autumn trees were stunning. There is a lot to see here. The large detailed map, points out all the things to see and what they are...very extensive, very interesting and in really good condition considering the abbey is a ruin. Other than two other couples, we had the place to ourselves. There is also a little museum past the gift shop and a nice clean bathroom. Highly recommended....a great, memorable stop.
Written 12 January 2017
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Vicky-McG
El Cajon, CA786 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Easy to spot if you just set your gps (sat nav) for Sauve. it is a 12th century Benedictine Abbey what's a Brahmin decorations. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is 7.5 year olds for adults let the children. It is a pleasant walk in a park-like area.
Written 4 May 2016
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aa5929
Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
Found the experience one of a spiritual nature as one felt the ambience of the Abbey. The tour booklet that is given as a guide was an excellent reference and we were able follow it quite easily. One needs to go past the souvenir shop and view the many artifacts that are in the museum that have been recovered from the Abbey.
Written 4 October 2015
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julijoyeux
Bordeaux, France107 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
I happen to love picturesque ruins and the Abbaye is spectacular when blue sky is framed by ancient arches. There is much to admire...stone carvings, chapel columns and the remains of windowed walls. Being a UNESCO site, it is well managed and there is a small museum and gift shop. The entry ticket is 7€ and you're provided with a very well done booklet describing important relics and the invitation to climb the bell tower for a view. A wine tasting shop is situated right outside the gate; we tasted three whites from the Entre Deux Mers region and bottle prices are reasonable. The town offers little for refreshment or respite so bring your own food and drink if you can't time your arrival for opening hours. There is a decent restaurant open for lunch and dinner.
Written 21 August 2015
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