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“Fast to visit, interesting building, nice panorama”

Abbey of Montmajour
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Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence from Marseille
Ranked #6 of 74 things to do in Arles
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed 22 August 2014

There was no queue at the entrance, there was no force to visit with guide, you can wander around in your own pace. The buildings are very inhomogenous, built in various periods but common in that all of them ruined. Beware of pigeons, they can freak you out coming out from various dark areas.

1  Thank Géza S
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

An amazing structure overlooking lush plains and hills, fascinating for its historical reference, its architecture and might be considered a glance into historical Catholic France, as well as religion of the middle ages, the monastic system of the 12th to 18th century.

2  Thank Tycen H
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

...but alas no on there to describe it to you. The Montmajour abbey is a a short road trip from Arles if you are driving around Provence. It is a pretty impressive building with - presumably - a lot of history, but it has been left to you to research and figure out.

2  Thank Ulysses S
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

L'Abbaye de Montmajour towers immediately above the D17 road between Arles and Fontvieille, visible from a considerable distance when approaching Arles from the south. It's well worth stopping off, using the free car park immediately across the road (where's there's a simple cafe and restaurant). The oldest parts date from 946, with several significant additions and modifications over the succeeding centuries. The result is a spectacular edifice with lots of interesting parts well worth exploring with the support of the guide, although it's not particularly easy walking in some parts. The views alone are worth the admission - make sure you visit on a clear day to get the best experience!

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

It was raining when we were there so parts of the tour were slick and we had to be careful but definitely well worth the admission. So wonderful views from the tower.

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