Cloitre de Cadouin

Cloitre de Cadouin

Cloitre de Cadouin
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
10:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 18:00
About
Major site of Aquitaine, listed as Historic Monument, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.The cloister is a masterpiece of the flamboyant gothic art where light plays with shadows.Cadouin is listed on the paths of Saint-Jacques de Compostella.
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Niwotois
Boulder, CO359 contributions
Small but Perfect
Sep 2019
We coupled Cadouin with the perfect bastide of Monpazier nearby for a wonderful 12-14th century afternoon. The church and abutting cloister at Cadouin are gems. The village itself and the surrounding countryside are lovely and this area is just slightly off the well-beaten Dordogne tourist path. In mid-September we pretty much had both to ourselves.
The church is free and really worth seeing. The cloister has a modest entry fee and English-speakers are given a helpful booklet with explanations. There is a single cloister, nicely planted in the middle and in amazing condition.
The highlight, without question, is the stonework, both the intricate windows, the arches and ceilings, and particularly the humans, demons, devils, angels and animals, particularly on two sides of the cloister.
An amazing, tranquil, powerful site. If you're anywhere near, don't miss it.
Written 8 October 2019
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Written 25 October 2019
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sol500
London, UK282 contributions
outstanding medieval stone carving
Aug 2019
The Abbaye de Cadouin was one of the most important medieval pilgrimage destinations as it was home to a shroud used for Jesus. The abbey thus became a magnet for paying pilgrims and for people leaving their world possessions to the church. The cloisters have some of the most magnificent medieval stone carving on display - the abbey itself is underwhelming. The shroud was found to be a piece of 10th century cloth - with arabic script adorning it....the cloisters are well presented, with a good audio guide and with good tours available (four times during the day in French, and twice a week in the evenings in English). Entry is Euro 7.10 for adults.
Written 14 August 2019
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Written 16 August 2019
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia2,631 contributions
Pretty
Jun 2019 • Couples
The cloisters are not large but quite pretty.
It is set in a very pretty little town.
You can get an audio guide or loaned a booklet that is in English.
Written 27 June 2019
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
Simply beautiful
Apr 2019 • Couples
It is a very beautiful place. The pieces of art are stunning. I hoped you will see some more rooms, in reality you can see only the courtyard. But it is simply beautiful so I really recommend a visit here.
Written 20 April 2019
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Thank you very much!
Written 23 April 2019
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1953Trek
Charentay, France430 contributions
Well worth the modest charge!
Sep 2018 • Couples
The carvings in the stonework of the cloister walls transport one back through the centuries since their construction. Some of the carving is amazingly intricate and fragile -looking and the guide notes provide astonishing and encyclopaedic detail on almost every little carved head or feature. Audio guides are also available. 20 -30 minutes for a memorable experience.
Written 17 September 2018
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Written 18 September 2018
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Henry B
New York City, New York36 contributions
A trip though history
Sep 2018 • Couples
You get a guided one-hour tour of this very beautiful cloister. I went on one of the "Jours de Patrimoine", so it was discounted, only a few euros. Built over many centuries, it has both romanesque and "flamboyant" gothic aspects. The scuptures lining the walls and on the ceiling are magnificent, although showing signs of erosion over time. They show monks in various degrees of devotion, representations of various sins, and Christ bearing the cross. If you wait until after the group has gone through, you can come back to take pictures of the sculpted figures at your leisure. The guided tour is in French, but an audioguide in English is available.
Written 16 September 2018
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Written 17 September 2018
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Denise B
Lake Forest, CA953 contributions
Absolutely Magnificent
May 2018 • Solo
Having been to several cloisters throughout France, I have never seen any more beautiful and magnificent than these.. They are extremely well preserved and have recently been cleaned up so that the details of the stonework stand out and are clear to see. On a previous visit to this charming village, I didn't pay the fee and go in. I didn't realize what I was missing. How the figures protrude from the walls and ceilings is amazing. With the English guide card that I was given at the front desk, I attempted to walk through the corridors and determine what they were talking about and referring to. I didn't know an audio guide was available. If it is, I would rent it. If you have the time, go through the cloisters and be amazed at the craftsmanship. It is clear to see why this is a UNESCO Heritage site.
Written 12 September 2018
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Mandy H
London, UK23 contributions
Beautiful Cloister, an oasis of cool and calm on a hot day.
Aug 2018 • Family
The staff at the reception are welcoming and knowledgeable. The cloisters are beautifully kept and a pleasure to walk around. The information leaflet is well written and informative. Well woth a visit, the adjoining abbey is also worth visiting.
Written 27 August 2018
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Written 31 August 2018
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ701 contributions
Pretty cloisters
May 2018 • Couples
The Abbey of Cadouin is not exactly stand-out, but is recognized on UNESCO WH site as one of the point of the Compostela Route in France. The cloisters are really nice and pretty (requiring a separate entry fee of €8).
Written 16 July 2018
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David S
Evesham, UK34 contributions
Compact but flamboyant
Jun 2018 • Friends
Surrounding a pleasant grassy cloister garth the compact cloister takes time to explore to detect all of the mason’s jokes and the varying styles of the additions over time. Beautifully preserved.
Written 13 June 2018
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Written 15 June 2018
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Cloitre de Cadouin is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 13:00
  • Sun - Sat 14:00 - 18:00