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Abbaye Saint-Philibert

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Address: Place de l'Abbaye, 71700 Tournus, France
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stunning art , well worth the visit and worth spending a little time to really explore the Abbaye and its history - also puts on music recitals in the evening and the new priest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

I was disappointed in the Abbaye, I think I had expected it to be something spectacular because of all the excellent reviews on Tripadvisor. It is free entry and parking cost 2 euros. There are lots of cafes and restaurants in the town to stop for lunch or a drink afterwards and there was also a shop in the town... More 

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Taunton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

stunning art , well worth the visit and worth spending a little time to really explore the Abbaye and its history - also puts on music recitals in the evening and the new priest is very keen on his bell ringing !

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The pure beauty of the site. It takes you totally, leaves you in awe. A highly spiritual place - even for an atheist.

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south wales, uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Don't miss it and especially ....The crypt ! Wonderful architecture and atmosphere. Little town, very pretty.

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Beverley, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This imposing building dominates the old part of Tournus. There is an exposed medieval floor and access to the upper floor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

At the end of a guided tour from the river cruise ship MS A-Rosa Stella we came to this building with its incredibly high ceiling. We were fortunate that an organist was playing which raised the hairs on my neck. We so enjoyed our visit, we walked back in the afternoon for a second look. There is also an adjacent... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

When we are in France we will go out of our way to visit St Philibert. Architecturally speaking, this is my favorite church in the world. It's soaring columns support graceful Romanesque arches. The rose tint to the stone gives the interior a soft glow that is sublime. The pillars and walls have not be mucked up with later architectural... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Saint Philibert is absolutely stunning ; very high nave, owing to an unusual way of building the vaults ; interesting mosaics ; the organ, in a "swallow nest", is very beautiful to look at, and presumably to listen to, but I did not have the opportunity to hear it. One can access an attic abopve the nartex, behind the organ... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited the Abbaye Saint-Philibert a couple of weeks ago whilst taking a day trip to Tournus from Sennecey Le Grand. I was amazed at how huge the Abbey is and in particular the space above the main building which you can reach via a windy staircase. There are some beautiful chapels within as well as some interesting mosaics which... More 

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Chamonix, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I am ambivalent at best about visiting historical sites unless they're the classics of the great Italian cities or offer something fairly unique. But I allowed myself to be convinced to visit Tournus, and I'm glad I did. You'd have to be a heathen to find the architecture unimpressive. The pink stone and gorgeous stained glass windows give the interior... More 

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