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Abbaye Saint-Philibert

Place de l'Abbaye, 71700 Tournus, France
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Tournus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The tourist center across from the Abbaye was extremely helpful. Thanks to a handset,I took the walking tour in my own language. I was amazed at the freedom that I had to explore all the floors on my own including the crypt. The building is historically beautiful and very interesting. Tournus is a charming little town. The information center also... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

quaint place to visit. Loved the walk tour the helpful guy in tourist centre gave us. Plenty of photographic opportunities

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This area of Burgundy has over 100 Romanesque churches and abbeys including Cluny and Taize but for us the highlight is the Abbey at Tournus. We agree with all the recent reviewers that it is a very special place. The setting is peaceful surrounded by the square and a honeycomb of old streets. The abbey has a pinkish hue and... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This medieval abbey is well worth a visit. Ancient stonework plus beautiful modern stained glass windows. Romanesque architecture with Byzantine influences. Our whole party loved it. Incredible 12th century mosaics, super ugly gargoyles and the light went out in the crypt whilst we were down there adding to the atmosphere. There is clearly a vibrant local parish and this is... More

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited here with our two children aged 6 and 8. To be frank churches etc only really hold their attention for so long ... But this really is a gem. From the little mosaic at the end to the crypt underneath the church, there was plenty to hold their imagination and the adults enjoyed it too! Walking around the... More

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is an amazing abbey. So steeped in history. It was an incredible building but with the most beautiful gardens. Allow plenty of time.

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Toulouse, France
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We were amazed at the this wonderful Abbey, cloisters and towers on stopping in Tournus. The tourist information was very informative and the town great for a wander round with a good choice of places to eat. The Abbey is surprising large and obviously a big part of the local community with many interesting features to view. Don't miss going... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Romanesque abbey of Tournus (10 and 11 century), gorgeous, is the best preserved of France from this period with its crypt, its abbey buildings (cloister, chapter house, refectory, cellar, and home of the monks). The towers of its ancient walls of protection are also visible. A must for all lovers of old stones and Roman art. There is through... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Amazing architecture and very interesting building worth a proper visit. The area around the Abbey is beautiful.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The Abbaye is a magnificent structure that gives you a real sense of ancient history. The audio cassette available from the nearby tourism office takes you step by step through its various areas including the very tight ascent to the area behind the giant organ.

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