Abbaye de Montmajour

Abbaye de Montmajour, Arles

Abbaye de Montmajour
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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This exceptional architectural ensemble was built in the Middle Ages on the island of Mont Majour. The Abbey incorporates a pre-Roman edifice from the 10th century, an abbey church and a 12th century Roman cloister built by Benedictine monks. Montmajour was extended in the 18th century with the second, monumental Saint-Maur monastery to the west. Open: > 1st April to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st July to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (everyday). > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed: > Mondays from 1st October to 31st March. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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1-2 hours
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markj418
London, UK458 contributions
Aug 2021
Plenty to see in this part ruin part restored Monastery. Worth a detour or if in Arles I would make it an essential stop over
Written 12 August 2021
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anncolly
Blandford Forum, UK160 contributions
Sep 2019
Wonderfully situated and providing stunning views, this anient abbey complex is very interesting and was not at all crowdwd when we visited. We found sufficient information in English and were very glad to have spent a couple of hours exploring this site.
Written 19 October 2019
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quantockm
Taunton, UK307 contributions
Oct 2019
Not sure what I did not like about this site but it left me cold. The buildings are massive but very empty and somehow lack any sense of what it was like as working abbey.
Written 9 October 2019
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Kristof V.
Ghent, Belgium110 contributions
Aug 2019
We'd seen the abbey from a distance, while driving, and had a direct urge to visit it. The monumental structure is really impressive and you can read all necessary information on a leaflet and in the rooms themselves. A bonus is the amazing views when you're standing on the tower.
Written 7 September 2019
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dave s
Bude, UK674 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
A real treasure that seems to just rise up out of the plains north east of Arles. Impressive architecture and with an excellent guidebook in English. Definitely worth a visit. Excellent café over the road from the entrance, at the edge of the car park.
Written 26 June 2019
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organist66
Braintree, UK73 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed Montmajour. It is worth exploring the whole site, including climbing the tower (strangely enough the strong wind seemed no more ferocious at the top!) and making your way down to the beautiful hermitage. The main church building, with a large circular apse, has a fantastic acoustic. Easy free parking (and a restaurant) across the road. Definitely recommended.
Written 8 June 2019
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Susy_Traveler
Houston, TX389 contributions
Apr 2019
This 12th century abbey is beautifully preserved, including the fascinating "maritime graffiti" located in its cloister. Definitely worth a visit for anyone passing by!
Written 26 April 2019
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Tom C
London, UK81 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
A fabulous relic of the age of monastacism- covering three major construction periods. The cloister is a must see. All set in a beautiful location close to Arles. Well worth a detour to reach.
Written 13 April 2019
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onestreetwiseb
Enniscorthy, Ireland91 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Was once a very large ad busy religious site. Now rather quiet but very stunning buildings built when modern machinery was unavailable. The signs guiding you found are few and far between. We found several people looking a bit lost. Best advice is once you leave the crypt (the start of visit) and go outside to the rock cemetery, you can walk around the edge of the cemetery and you are on the right track.
One problem with this site is the car park on the other side of the main round; it is poorly maintained with lots of potholes. Don't take low vehicles. There is only one disabled
parking space by the Abbey entrance.
Written 29 March 2019
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David M
Arles, France16 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Transports you to another era and shows the power of the medieval Catholic church. Unmissable experience when you are in the district.
Written 1 November 2018
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Abbaye de Montmajour is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:30