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Exceptional buildings.

It was really fun to find this hillside treasure, but be aware that the roads are mainly single... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2017
James T
Austin, Texas
'Poor' Baroque

Located to one side of the town (up a fairly steep hill) this national monument is well worth the... read more

Reviewed 16 June 2017
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The village of Saorge overhangs the gorges of the Roya. The church of the Franciscan convent, which was founded in 1633, was built in the Baroque style. The refectory features painted decorations from the 17th century and the cloister is decorated...more
Nr. N 2204, 06540 Saorge, France
+33 4 93 04 55 55
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Reviewed 12 October 2014

A spectacular torturous climb away from the coast and through the narrow gorge of the river Roya led us to Saorge. The landscape on the way up is grandiose, with the surprise bulbous roof of the Monastery appearing magically. Set half way up the mountain...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

The guy on the front desk was utterly charming but really and truly thhere isn't much to see and the art is more hilarious than inspiring. It's not often I think I could do better ( well I exaggerate but it is unlikely to make...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

It was really fun to find this hillside treasure, but be aware that the roads are mainly single lane and people come barreling up and down to this Monastery and you'll need nerves of steel to navigate your way there - and then there's likely...More

Thank James T
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

Located to one side of the town (up a fairly steep hill) this national monument is well worth the visit. The cloister had an exhibition on which was very nice. The gardens very beautiful. Francesco and his team were both warm and informative. If you...More

Thank DannyDublin24
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Unique baroque monastery, with a lovely garden and many original features. Great guide, who will tell you how the village and the monastery fit in the history of Piemont and Savoie!

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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Last night we loved the annual night time tour given by Francesco, the accomplished daytime guide who combined his formal historic knowledge of the monastery with a fun sense of humour and candlelight ambience. Francesco is unforgettable and he made the monastery a unique experience...More

Thank Mat M
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Sitting in the garden looking over the mountains surrounding the valley rates as one of my life's most moving experiences.

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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The Monastere de Saorge is a beautiful example of the Franciscan influence in the French commune of Saorge located in the French Alps above Menton. The monastery is approximately 300 hundred years old and was constructed as a reward to the Franciscan monks who responded...More

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 30 May 2016

It's a picturesque walk to the monastery which is at the top end of Saorge. It is well-maintained and has staff at hand. There was a tour (in French) while I visited, but it was perfectly pleasant wandering around on my own. The gardens are...More

Thank Amandanich2016
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Very francisan monastery. Full of history, with a nice garden where they grow interesting flowers, veggies and plans. I recommend spending a bit of time on the grass in front of the monastery, under the trees when it is sunny. great spot for pic nic...More

Thank Je I
Reviewed 30 October 2015

This is a very well preserved monastery dedicated to St. Francis. The frescoes are amazing. It's a moderately steep climb through the village to access it. Tough for those with physical handicaps. The posted opening times were not strictly adhered to. But the village is...More

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