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This is a working abbey staffed by Benedictine monks; in fact you may visit the shrine of St Benedict, the father of Western monasticism in the crypt. The church is open from 6.30 am until 10.00 pm, entry is quite free, and you may wander...More
The church itself is huge, not much different from other churches in nearby villages , there was a musical concert when we arrived ..
To the right of the church there is a cool shop of handcrafts made by the priests , the collection they...More
This is a Benedictine abbey with a long history. It still has an active community and the services, beautifully sung in Latin and French, are well worth staying for. The abbey church is stunning as is the crypt.
Even before you enter, your can admire the wonderful carvings on the columns in the porch. The interior is warm and welcoming with more architectural things to admire. The massive columns in the crypt surround a shrine with St Benedict's relics. This Abbey still functions...More
This lovely Abbaye is just down the road from St Germigny des Pres and a happy morning can be spent exploring both. The Abbaye is a lovely, and important, building with a superb nave and an extraordinary entrance porch with a large number of amazing...More
This is a fine and important restored Romanesque building. It came to prominence following the audacious exploits of its monks in AD 672, who brought back the body of the great St Benedict from Monte Cassino. As a result it became a great place of...More
This is a great pilgrimage church, as it houses the holy relics of Saint Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine Order.
It is a classical example of Romanesque architecture, and very spiritual to visit. The capitals on the columns under the porch are very early...More
Saint-Benoit is a marvel of romanesque architecture of the early 11th century, and is still home to monks of the order of Saint Benedict. The square tower-porch alone is worth a look, the 12 capitals tell the stories from the apocalypse and new testament. The...More