Abbaye de Montmajour
Abbaye de Montmajour
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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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
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1-2 hours
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ICB
13 contributions
Aug 2022
Why this so much cheaper than the Arles amphitheatre but so much more interesting and well presented is a mystery! The building is fascinating and all the boards around the various rooms etc were in English as well as French. There was so much to see and read, and although we didn't do the 125 steps to the top of the central tower, the views were great. Definitely worth a visit.
Written September 5, 2022
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Rob H
Toronto, Canada333 contributions
Jul 2022
Have stayed in the vicinity a few times but never visited this magical, awe inspiring place before. So important to the Arles and Avignon history. A visual delight with so much history from various periods. Even seeing the 18th century staircase ruins give you a shudder on how beautiful this must have been. The cloisters and unfinished basilica are gems but the 11th century chapel is really special. We’ll worth 2-3 hours and the nearby trails are nicely shaded for a picnic. Lots of bus tours so plan accordingly.
Written August 12, 2022
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koelschwolf
Texas1 contribution
Driving from Aix en Provence to Arles will take you past Montmajour, just about 5km north of Arles. You can see the Abbey from the highway, just keep an eye open for the country road turn off to the left. You park your car at the foot of the abbey. At the ticket desk they have very good brochures in most languages. I would also suggest to research this Abbey thru Wickipedia. To put the visit in a nutshell: Stupendeous. Standing on the upper balconies you can see out over the marshes in the northern end of the Camargue. Just close your eyes and you can imagine hordes of French investing the countryside of the Pays d'oc, Provence. take the time to explore the multitude of photo ops. Be sure to use highspeed 400 ASA colorfilm if using a filmcamera and upon leaving don't forget to visit the chapel of the Cross outside the main abbey. Perhaps your travel will take you here on any May 3rd. A visit and a prayer and your sins will be forgiven on that day. It is said that a sliver of the Holy Cross is kept in the chapel. One word of advise, though, if you are taking videos standing on top of the abbey, the everpresent wind will play though the video camera's microphone. Sort of cover it with your hand.
Happy visit W. A. de Vallette, Dallas
Written August 26, 2008
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Vicky-McG
El Cajon, CA790 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
Smaller than we envisioned, however, very interesting. 8 euro entry, as i recall. Architecture is still so well preserved. Not easy for disabled, wheelchair but intersting to wonder about.
DO NOT, I repeat do not go to that bistro right across the street at the pkwe 4 ordered pizzas and a bottle of wine. He pressed us to buy more or else we would pay 11 euro extra as added cover so we ordered more..we complied. Found out the wine (no jug wine) which he made us feel was all he had, turned out to be 30 euros. Should have been 8 euros. Yep, we should have asked.
We watched while no less than 4 couples sat down, and then left when told about the minimum charge. RIDICULOUS considering we initially were spending about 55 euros. Pizza was pretty good, but he was SO rude to people.
This was my sister's first day in France so we wanted it to be a nice day. We didn't make much of a deal, didn't want to spoil our visit.
Written October 11, 2014
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superchemist1
Burnt Hills, NY218 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
My wife and I stopped here while bicycling from Arles to St. Remy. We toured through the whole abbey, starting with the creepy cellars. Her favorite place was a hall of columns surrounding a courtyard. My favorite was on an upper wall with views of the orchards and vineyards below. An interesting place was a graveyard carved into a large rock. Gift shop was also nice with books and postcards. Having 30 miles ahead of us, I did not climb the tower, but it looked like it would offer great views.Be prepared to climb up and down stairs....no elevators, no food, but bathroom was free.
Written October 1, 2014
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Michael H
Bologna, Italy5 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is a stunning abbey with a huge history, not only for its religious background. The engineering feat to literally take the building out of the rock is mind-blowing. Add to that the fact that Van Gogh painted here and you have centuries of history.
The one disappointment is that the area in which Van Gogh chose to paint is closed off. More disappointing is the one view through a small aperture in the door reveals an unkempt area, littered with household rubbish.
The staff here are very cheerful and helpful... although something should be done to open up the area where the great artist composed some wonderful work.
Written June 8, 2015
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David R
Edinburgh, UK75 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
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!
Written July 29, 2014
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Zoe W
Boulder, CO90 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
We parked in the Abbey parking lot and we figured that since this Abbey is kind of in the middle of nowhere, we'd park in the shade away from the other cars. BIG MISTAKE. When we came back from the Abbey (we'd only been there for an hour tops), someone had broken the window of our rental car and stole various items including an ipod and a purse. Thankfully, the thieves didn't get any credit cards or money, but the broken window cost us an obscene amount. If you do plan to venture out there, then hide all of your valuables or take them with you and park sandwiched between two other cars. Other than that, the Abbey was pretty cool and the view from the top of was pretty awesome.
Written June 22, 2016
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hyb502
Louisville, KY7 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
I believe that during our stay in Provence, we took more photos at the abbey than all our other stops combined. It was a characteristic Provencal morning: a searing blue sky framed every view like a painting. The abbey was hushed, cool inside, while every door outside opened onto a fresh view, broken stone against the sky and mountains smeared hazy blue along the horizon. The abbey is a fascinating blend of architectural styles, and we very much enjoyed a unhurried stroll for several hours.
Written June 14, 2016
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Triptots
San Clemente, CA126 contributions
Very interesting but for historical reasons as it is not a working monastery. Rather small and easy to take in for an hour, worthwhile the time for the history, great views, serenity and beauty. Be prepared to climb some stairs. Easy to find, parking is free as are restrooms.
Written May 24, 2015
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