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One thinks that this is another WW I damaged monument, but it is not. Was demolished after the... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
AlbrechtPaul S
Magnificent Ruin!

My husband and I like to wander around ruins. This one is magnificent. As you come upon it, you... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

One thinks that this is another WW I damaged monument, but it is not. Was demolished after the French Revolution to have building materials, just like Cluny. What is left is an impressive façade and some other buildings, well kept for exhibitions. At the entrance...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AlbrechtPaul S
Reviewed 18 October 2018

My husband and I like to wander around ruins. This one is magnificent. As you come upon it, you see the front of the Abbaye, two massive towers, and a large hole where the rose window was. And then....nothing behind it. The building was destroyed...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

About 60 kms. from Paris, on the RN2 highway is situated the city of Soissons, known for the vase of Clovis, the cathedral and the St. Jean des vignes abbey. This is an imposing structure and the visit is free.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

With few people around we were able to wander around, get some lovely photos and truly enjoy the beauty and peace of this once stunning Abbey. There are plenty of guide boards around with English translations on them. Don’t miss this if you’re in Soissons...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

This facade is enormous! It is fascinating to read the information panels ( in English) and just wander around outside. There is a small museum with more information but unfortunately all in French. There is no entrance fee.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Short walk up out of town centre and well worth the effort. Inside in process of being renovated also.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

I spent an enjoyable Autumn afternoon walking round this ruined Abbey whilst staying at a nearby hotel. The Abbey and museum are free and there is audio information available in English should your French be limited. The lady in the museum was very helpful and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Leah W
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Some lovely ruins of an Abbey. Much is restored and you really get a feeling of how old the Abbey is. The towers are very impressive- you can see them for miles around. Best of all it's free! Park on the street outside. The only...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Richard G
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

If you can, go and visit the remains of this abbey. It's just amazing, exceptional in size and beauty.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank michele4444
Reviewed 22 July 2017

The ruins of St Jean des Vignes are the main tourist attraction in Soissons, The church is mostly in ruins apart from one face, but the monastic hall and other buildings have been beautifully restored. There is also an excellent explanatory centre on site. Access...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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