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The Abbey of the Ladies

The Abbaye aux Dames music center in Saintes

The Abbaye aux Dames isthe musical hub of Saintes. The Saintes Festival, the Young People’s Orchestra of the Abbaye-aux-Dames, an artistic education programme, a concert season, artists’ residences and the abbey’s historic site itself are all key features of the music center and each contributes to the enhancement of the center’s reputation.
The story of these ‘ladies’
 
The Abbaye aux Dames was the first abbey for women in the Saintonge area. Its impact was enormous. And this is still the case today, thanks to its intensive musical activity and its unique architectural heritage.

The Abbaye aux Dames is the musical hub of Saintes. The Saintes Festival, the Youth Orchestra of the Abbaye-aux-Dames, an artistic education programme, a concert season, artists’ residences and the abbey’s historic site, these are all key features of the music center, and each contributes to the enhancement of the center’s reputation.

The historic site of the Abbaye aux Dames is a haven of peace and quiet in the heart of the city. The Notre Dame abbey church is a jewel of Romanesque architecture in the Saintonge. Its doorway is richly decorated with an abundance of fauna. You can visit the bell tower which is built in the shape of a pine cone and is covered with stone chippings. From the top of the tower, you can admire the view over the city of Saintes. From the chapter house to the nuns’ cells, you can also visit the convent buildings. 


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Opening hours

Open every day
• June, July, August, September: from 10am to 7pm (high season)
• Aprl, May, October, December: from 10am  to 12.30pm  and from 2pm to 7pm
• January, February, March, November: from 2pm-6pm.

Ticket prices

• Self-guided visits
Adults: 3 €
Under 16 yrs: Free 
 
• Visit with audio-guide
Adults: 5 €
Under 16 yrs: 2 €
Groups (11 to 20 people): 3.50 €
 
• Combined visit, including the Roman amphitheatre
Adults: 8 €
Under 16 yrs: Free

Contact details

L'abbaye aux Dames

11 Place de l'Abbaye, 17100 Saintes
17100 Saintes
Tel : 05 46 97 58 58

www.abbayeauxdames.org

 

News

Discover the  the seasons 2015 / 2016 www.abbayeauxdames.org / saisons-2015-16/

Saints' Festival returns from 8 till 16 July 2016!
Www.festivaldesaintes.org