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Prieure Saint-Cosme - Demeure de Ronsard

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They called it heaven on earth - a phenomenal hidden gem that gives an important host to a poet who... read more

Reviewed June 26, 2018
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And what a hidden gem this is!

A priory commenced about 1000AD that has a strong connection with the French poet Pierre de... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2018
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Saint Cosme Priory was, according to the canons of the 12th century, "a heaven on earth that eased the journey to the real heaven," less than an hour's walk from Tours. The long history of this monastery, now property of Indre-et-Loire Departmental...more
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rue Ronsard | La Riche, 37520, Tours, France
+33 2 47 37 32 70
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

A peaceful 12th century priory, much of it in ruins but a very calm atmosphere, highlighted by push-bottom recordings of Ronsard's poems.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

They called it heaven on earth - a phenomenal hidden gem that gives an important host to a poet who lives and died here. An interesting visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

A priory commenced about 1000AD that has a strong connection with the French poet Pierre de Ronsard. I’m afraid I’m not one much for poetry and received an appalled and disappointed look when I rejected the idea of reciting it there. I am one though,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Ronsard8, Responsable relations clients at Prieure Saint-Cosme - Demeure de Ronsard, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Thank you very much for your commentary ! Looking forward to welcome you again.

Reviewed August 15, 2017

On an iland in the Loire River close to La Riche you will find this subdued monastery with the museum for the French poet Pierre de Ronsard which lived here the last 20 years under the rules of the order. The gardens has been renovated...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

The prieuré de St Cosme is Ronsard's house. The well known poet house is today a very modern and interactive museum. A refreshing surprise.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed October 1, 2015

This seems to be a forgotten place by the tourists and a little difficult to find. Picturescue, a small area with mainly ruins. A memorysite of the french poet Pierre de Ronsard. You could read and listen to some of his poems.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was included as part of the route on our packaged bicycle garden and chateau tour of the Loire. Unfortunately the garden was no longer in place, as they are undertaking major excavation and archaeological digs to find out more about this very interesting early...More

Date of experience: August 2014
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

In early 2014 they started ripping out all the roses and have "stabilised" the ruins while doing some archaeological excavations. A new garden is planned for 2015 but I suspect it will be 2016 or later before it takes shape. Until then, 4.50 euros to...More

Date of experience: August 2014
1  Thank The_Dunelmian
Reviewed July 8, 2013

A hike from the center of town but worth the walk. Picturesque and historic venue. It is mostly ruins but the first building is intact and includes period furniture and interesting rooms. The grounds were gorgeous and on the day we were there artists were...More

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This was recommended by GwanMel whose blog I had read. It is lovely and has beautiful gardens. There was hardly anybody there and we almost had the place to ourselves. It was however a lovely sunny day. There are lots of roses and I would...More

Date of experience: April 2013
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