Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-André

Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-André

Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-André
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At the heart of the enclosure created by the walls of Fort Saint-André, which dominates Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (Gard Department), the royal Benedictine Abbey of Saint-André welcomes visitors to its magnificent terraced gardens and abbatial palace. A rare place that harmoniously combines the art of gardens with a mosaic of the heritage and rich history of the Languedoc and Provence regions since the 6th century, the Abbey is open for Independent visits or guided tours from March 1to November 1. Art and music are also regular guests at the Abbey, offering special moments not to be missed. The Gardens Classified among the most beautiful in France, the Abbey's gardens unfold with old roses, Mediterranean natives, and olive and pine trees more than a century old among the remains of Romanesque style churches and tombs dating as far back as the 6th century. At the foot of the abbatial palace lies a parterre garden in 16th century Tuscan style adorned with ponds, vases and sculptures, and bordered by a pergola covered with wisteria and roses. From the heights of Mount Andaon, these terraced gardens offer panoramic views of the Popes' Palace in Avignon across the Rhone River. The Abbatial Palace Both a spiritual and a strategic site, the Abbey has an extensive history. Originally the retreat of a woman named St. Casarie, then a Benedictine monastery, Saint-André became a royal Abbey in the 13th century, overseeing 211 priories nearby. Restored at the end of the 17th century by the King's architect Pierre Mignard, the abbatial palace has retained its elegantly vaulted rooms, grand entry doors and monumental staircase.Émile Bernard's murals as well as numerous collections of objects ranging from art to dinnerware to dolls may be seen during guided tours.
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Petersperspectives
London, UK139 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We loved the gardens. Very varied, with lots of different planting areas, all on different levels and lots of wonderful views and relaxing places to sit.
Also lots of beautiful stone features like urns, statues, etc.
Very characterful and peaceful gardens.
Written April 8, 2023
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Gert L
Brussels, Belgium167 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
As everyone is visiting Avignon and Palais des Papes, almost everyone ignores this little gem on the other side of the river Rhône. True, it is nothing like the grandeur of Palais des Papes, but it is nevertheless worth the visit. With a reasonable income price, everyone could do it. If you don't like to hike up the hill, there is a parking lot behind the castle.
The garden (and abbey) is located inside the walls of the Fort Saint André (seperate income tickets for both sites). The garden in itself isn't the most beatiful one we have seen, but the view on the surrounding sites (Avignon with the palais des papes, Dentelles de Montmirail, les Alpilles and Mont Ventoux) are breathtaking. We visited the gardens on a (rare) rainy day and even then the views were fantastic!
Written September 3, 2015
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sasalliee
71 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
We visited the gardens after our trip through the Fort. Somehow was had been under the impression the gardens had closed for the day when we arrived at the Fort and only realized they were not a half an hour before the real closing time. Still, we decided it was worth the cost to move through the gardens quickly. They are beautifully laid out with separate sections and varying flowers and plants. It is almost like a dozen smaller gardens fitted together in an appeasing format. It reminded me of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, except that these gardens has spectacular views. There is also some wonderful art toward the start/end of the visit, which we found so interesting that we lost track of time and almost got locked in! I wish we'd had a bit more time to peruse the gardins and art. On a warm sunny day I could have stayed here for hours reading, enjoying the views or drawing.
Written November 13, 2013
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Alan H
Southport, UK9 contributions
Sep 2022
We visited 9 Sept 2022…..Don’t go !.
All the flowers and plants have died and it is disgusting that they are still charging €9 to walk around it.
The Abbey is worth €6 and this is run by different people.
The Gardens are owned privately and the owner needs be held accountable for ripping people off !
You are not even allowed to eat your lunch (picnic) on the premises even though the cafe is closed.
Written September 10, 2022
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meh190meh
Mellieha, Malta146 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
Got in these gardens by pure coincidence and mistake... we were supposed to get in the other discreet gate for Fort Saint Andre, but this was shut (not locked) and instead the Abbey's door was wide open so we just got in, beleiving this was the attraction in itself. The gardens were deserted, we were the only ones there. Stunning views of Avignon, but the garden itself is enchating.

After almost one and a half hours of interloping unknowingly in these gardens, the gardener found us and was very surprised to see us. He politely told us we were not supposed to be there and he could see we did an innocent mistake. All in all, this is perhaps one of my favourite 'mistakes' I ever did. Truly memorable
Written February 12, 2013
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CliffH1000
Withersfield, UK38 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Villeneuve is very relaxed in comparison to the bustle of Avignon and only a few minutes away on the number 5 bus.
The Abbey gardens are a great place to enjoy fantastic views over Avignon and the surrounding countryside
Written September 2, 2015
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JOn99Broadstairs
Broadstairs32 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Villeneuve-lez-Avignon is easily reached by taking the No.5 bus from Avignon and alighting at the Office de Tourisme stop. Entrance and payment is separate to Fort Saint-André; you go through the main fort gate, just past the entrance to pay for the fort and through the green gate on the right. We had the gardens to ourselves on a May morning. They are well worth visiting, there is a maze of different gardens and ruins of the abbey and chapels, and fantastic views of Avignon and surrounding countryside, so allow at least an hour and a half for a visit.
Written May 17, 2013
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H C H
Lincoln, UK64 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
A 29th century garden developed in the ruins of an abbey, with pools and a parterre garden with great views to Avignon on the entrance level, and a much wilder area above with olive trees, etc., and a tiny reconstructed chapel to a local Saint.

There is also a small museum explaining the history of the abbey and the garden, with an exhibition space for temporary displays, as well as academic and a book shop (mainly gardening titles").

The lower area is pretty accessible, but the higher parts of the garden are not - rocky and gravelly paths, some precipitous yet with few hand rails. The wc facilities are limited for what is obviously a popular attraction for garden tours. But one can put up with a few inconveniences to visit such an attractive location.
Written July 21, 2018
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NickKetchum
Ottawa, Canada35 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
An artistic and horticultural delight in every way, the story of those who saved the Abbey from ruin and spent a lifetime creating inspired gardens leaves visitors with much more than just their beautiful vision. The dramatic and whimsical creations of modern artists now nestle among the roses, the shrubs and the ancient stones holding true to an original vision of longevity and renewal.
Written August 31, 2016
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Movingart
Creswick, Australia33 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
I arrived early around 10am and parked near the Fort so it took only a short walk to the main gate. You need to understand that the Abbaye is within the walls of the Fort. It also meant I was alone in the garden except for one other couple. There is a video in the first room then as you walk through the bottom floor of the Abbaye more of the history is explained through photos, paintings , furniture, ceramics and even costumes before you emerge into the garden or should I say gardens. The garden is huge but broken up into long terraces, the Italian garden, pergolas and spaces with ancient church ruins. The views from the terraces are breathtaking overlooking Avignon and the Rhone Valley. Chairs are places so you can sit and take in these views. If you wish you can buy a picnic for 2 and enjoy the spaces having lunch. I loved my hours here strolling and sitting.
Written July 9, 2016
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