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“Famous Cloisters with intricately carved stone work.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Saint Pierre Abbey

Saint Pierre Abbey
Moissac, Moissac, France
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Moissac
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Famous Cloisters with intricately carved stone work.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The Abbey and Cloisters are the major draw card in Moissac' old city. Whilst the Abbey is free to enter, the Cloisters cost 5 euro per adult to enter. The Abbey has a very ornately carved stone door entrance which is special, although it needs a good clean to be honest. The Cloisters, famous for its intricately carved stone arches, is pleasant enough and has interpretive signboards in the adjoining rooms which lead from the courtyard. However it is all in French as is the map guide handout so perhaps an English audio guide maybe available if you're really keen. There is an upper level where you can climb to get a first floor view into the Abbey and a limited view outside to the square. This was via a circular stone staircase with an unhelpful rope hand rail - easy getting up, a bit steep getting down. A few too many dead, rotting pigeons for my liking up there! Overall, it was interesting, worth a visit but needed a clean up especially since they charge entrance fees.

Visited June 2013
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“Small town,fancy abbey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

Across the street from the best restaurant in town (le florentine) the abbey is quite stunning. 15th century polychrome statues are in abundance. Exceptional cloisters with carved columns are to numerous to count. The doorway is unbelievable with elaborate stylized carvings . A world heritage site not to be missed.

Visited June 2013
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“A Little Piece of Heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We stumbled on Moissac and the Abbey while en route from Toulouse to Bordeaux. Intending simply to overnight in the local camp site (Camping du Bidounet), we ended up spending a whole peacefully calm 6 days. central to that stay was Saint Pierre. The entrance hall houses several intersting displays and exhibts about the history of the Abbey. But it is the cloister which is truly magnificent. Apart from being classically spectacular in archtecture, it is an osasis of calm which is bound to soothe any traveller or casual visitor. The Treasury housed in a room off the cloister is small but significant while some of the statues on display in another anteroom are breathtaking. The town of Moissac itself is a little gem. Do NOT miss the street market!

Visited June 2012
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“A monastic marvel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

The town of Moissac has little to recommend it except for this pearl of Romanesque design. The tympanum of the church and the cloisters are world famous but, because of a lack of good guides (written ones, in particular), it is most appreciated by those who are lovers of 12th century sculpture. If you think you can go there and pick up the complex Christian iconography by simple osmosis you might be disappointed.

I have visited this site some 10 times and, for me, it is a marvel. Even more so when one finds out that the authories nearly put the Toulouse to Bordeaux railway line through the cloisters in the 19th century! There are some 46 historiated capitals in the cloisters, that were finished in 1100, with four sides to each one. You need to go round the cloisters undercover, then round again on the side of the square central lawn in order to get the most out of all the carved images. What is also striking is the extreme modernity, a kind of pure modernism, that can be found on certain panels.

The church is equally remarkable for its carved entrance. However the visitor should not stop here. Inside are some gems of polychrome statues from the 15th century. I always think it is a miracle that these have survived the Wars of Religion and the Revolution. It would seem that St Peter has lovingly protected this site, even if he has done nothing for the town!

Visited February 2013
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“Nice cloisters”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

It is nice and calm. Though I think that the place ( la tour) where you can look down and see inside the church needs to be clean up.

Visited June 2012
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