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Discovery of the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes

Discover the Abbaye aux Dames of Saintes during your stay in Charente-Maritime 

During your stay in our beautiful region of Charente-Maritime, the team of The Originals Access Hotel Saintes Recouvrance advises you to visit the Abbaye aux Dames, a treasure of Romanesque art in Saintonge not to be missed.

A bit of history about the Abbaye aux Dames

Founded by the Count of Anjou in the 11th century and showing many traces of its original architecture, the Abbaye aux Dames was a Benedictine convent for women from noble families. Eleanor of Aquitaine donated to the abbey, while Agnes of Burgundy retired there after the death of the Count of Anjou.

Good to know: It was at the time the first monastery for women in the province of Saintonge.

The abbey church is the oldest part, with Romanesque architecture from the 11th and 12th centuries, with an emblematic "pine cone" shaped bell tower.

Observe the sculptures of the tympanum above the west portal, with animals carved in a very particular way that is repeated throughout the Saintogne region in the churches of Colombiers, Aulnay and Marignac.

The Abbey, a place of music 🎵🎼

It was during the 1970s and 1980s that the premises experienced a new life after the restoration of the abbey: to become a cultural center and a true Cité Musicale.

Today, musicians from all over the world are trained there, but also performances and creation. Today, the Abbaye aux Dames has become a well-known music venue for music lovers.

The Saintes Festival event ✨

The most important event at the Abbey is the Festival de Saintes and attracts thousands of classical music lovers every year.

Visit the Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes

What is included in the visit with an audioguide

The Tourist Office of Saintes proposes to visit the Abbey, an activity to do with family, friends, couples or solo!

For adults, you will have an audioguide.
Children will be given a specific booklet adapted to their age at the entrance.

The visit includes the discovery of :
  • The abbey church
  • The medieval garden
  • A part of the dwelling
  • The remarkable pine cone-shaped bell tower with its stone scales and the panoramic view of the city of Saintes.

I would like to visit the Abbaye aux Dames on a self-guided tour

Would you like to take a self-guided tour of the site? Follow the breadcrumb trail of the Musicaventure! You will find on your way various playful and sensory animations, including the musical carousel. 🎪

This unusual carousel is located under a shell of mirrors and houses several giant instruments that visitors can take in hand and play a few musical notes. 

Practical information

💸 Price: from 3 to 10€

🕑 Times:
October to March: Monday to Saturday 2-6 p.m.
April to June: Monday to Sunday 10am-12:30pm 2pm-7pm
July to September: Monday to Sunday 10am-7pm

💻 Website : www.abbayeauxdames.org

Book your next stay in Saintes

Take advantage of your visit to Charente-Maritime to stay a few days at The Originals Access Saintes Recouvrance Hotel!

The Originals Access Saintes Recouvrance Hotel is located only 4km from the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes! 

Discover our air-conditioned rooms for a pleasant stay in Saintes. By booking directly on our website, you always get the best rate!
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