Abbaye de Saint-Riquier - centre culturel départemental

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Abbaye de Saint-Riquier - centre culturel départemental

Abbaye de Saint-Riquier - centre culturel départemental
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Sur les pentes de la vallée de la Somme se dresse une majestueuse abbaye de près de 1400 ans d’histoire. Propriété du Conseil départemental de la Somme depuis 1972, elle accueille aujourd’hui notre centre culturel. L'Abbaye Royale de Saint-Riquier vous accueille toute l'année pour découvrir une programmation culturelle riche et diversifiée composée de spectacles, d'expositions et d'actions culturelles. Vous y retrouverez notamment chaque été le Festival de Saint-Riquier Baie de Somme, rendez-vous musical incontournable qui brille dansle nord-ouest de la France.
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chaz d
London, UK71 contributions
beautiful building
Aug 2018
very easy to find free parking in the square lots of history attached to the area very nice people in the centre
Written August 30, 2018
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amienspaul
Amiens, France31 contributions
Fascinating visit well worth a few hours.
Jun 2018 • Friends
Interesting architecture and a very clear guide
Not far from abbe ville in a great historic village
Recommend eating in La Grange to complete your trip
Written June 24, 2018
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RHAHJ
Nijmegen, The Netherlands1,977 contributions
Worth the walk?
Jul 2017 • Solo
Since I was going around northern France to visit the belfries there, I had to go to St.-Riquier too, and the abbey was a nice bonus opposite the belfry tower. If you are in the area by car, nothing should stop you from going here. Arriving at Abbeville station I hoped to be able to rent a bike somewhere, but that appeared only possible further to the west - too far away. So I decided to walk the 10 km. It took over 2 hours, and although the church and garden are nice, and the trail leading there is not too bad either, I would only recommend the walk to people who enjoy a good walk. I think I spent less than an hour looking at church, garden, cathedral. I didn't take the guided tour, since it is in French only, and the cashier suggested seeing the site by myself. There is an underground village still 10 km - really too far away. I think they should consider setting up a small tourist train (over the road) from Abbeville to some tourist attractions in the area. The taxi back cost me 20 euros.
Written August 8, 2017
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Anne G
Crawley159 contributions
Loads of history and architecture to see.
Jun 2017 • Couples
This year in August is the festival which only happens every 3 years, that celebrates the Abbey's history. Wish I could be there.
Written June 28, 2017
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Low_Light_Images
Pas-de-Calais, France94 contributions
A hidden gem with an unbelievable past - and an important part of French history
Feb 2017 • Friends
Driving along the rather quiet road (even by rural French standards) between Frevent and Abbeville, you descend a slight hill and, out of the blue, this massive edifice looms over a small village. It's out of all proportion to everything around it and is magnificent. This was our first sighting of the Abbaye, during our first shopping/sightseeing trip to Abbeville (we live a few km from Frevent). That first time, we stopped and took a few photos of the front of the abbey church and drove on. We eventually got to see part of the abbey on our fourth trip along that road, this time stopping there deliberately with some friends who were staying with us.

Driving into the village, nothing prepares you for the facade of the abbey church. It seems so out of place in such a small town. It's cream and, unlike many such places, fairly clean - there's not that much traffic here; it's well proportioned and not over-decorated. In short, even ignoring its religious connotations, it's a beautiful building. On this visit, we saw little of the abbey itself, other than the cloisters. Instead, we took the guided tour of the church. Our French guide spoke some English and (unofficially) translated some of her guiding for us.

So, the church. It's unusual in so many ways: the interior is almost pure white, with no stained glass (except a pair of small simple windows in the Abbot's private chapel. The organ was being played whilst we were there and it has a superb voice, well paired with the acoustics.

The church has apparently been rebuilt 17 times during it's history, which dates from Carolingian times. There is a little of the original foundation walls of that era still to be seen (and in use!). The abbey was founded in 625 CE by the (future) St Riquier, on a watercourse which had been the object of an ancient pagan cult. Much of the following 1400 years saw "interesting times". St Riquier is a "Royal Abbey", a title conferred on it by Charlemagne and much of the information offered by our guide dwelt on the power and influence of the abbey - and its abbot of the day; there was no reference to any god in all this. Indeed, the abbey played a significant role in the development of France, including having the first writer to work in French - Nithard, nephew of Charlemagne - as it's "Count-Abbot".

There is a park and gardens within the triangular walls of the abbey (the three vertices signifying the Holy Trinity) and what little we saw of it means we will soon return to explore.
Written March 8, 2017
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Rachael
Manchester, UK108 contributions
Hidden gem
Aug 2016 • Friends
We were travelling through the area, spotted the abbey and decided to have a look around. Entry was free so I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. It was as beautiful on the inside as it was on the outside. Definitely worth a stop off if you are in the area.
Written September 7, 2016
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Ess-Aitch
Canterbury, UK181 contributions
Fascinating venue
Jul 2016 • Couples
We wandered around the grounds and paid a few euros to watch the ballet. There was also an evening jazz concert and also opera later but most of all the building and grounds were breathtaking.
Written July 10, 2016
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Roalja
London112 contributions
Just passing and went 'wow' .
May 2016 • Couples
Pulled into the front of the abbey and weren't quite sure if visitors welcome. Entry on right and even though I offered entry money, I received a receipt with zero on it and all my money back. Not sure why as I don't speak French and the ticket officer didn't seem to offer up any English.
Very spacious and interesting old abbey with chilling interior - both temperature and awesomeness. It would have been fabulous to hear a recital or something to listen to the acoustics, but there wasn't anything on.
We did walk around the gardens at the back and wondered what all the old buildings were being used for as many seemed empty. An English explanation would have been good. Also liked the trees along the avenue of meditation. Great spot for photographs as the trees were really stark having recently been trimmed.
Written May 25, 2016
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Bronwen A
Perth, Western Australia, Australia13 contributions
Historic and beautiful
Apr 2016 • Couples
The Abby is breathtakingly beautiful and awesome in its sense of history and timelessness. Well worth a visit and and a stroll around the ancient gardens and outer buildings quite magical.
Written May 1, 2016
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Bernoise
Paris, France331 contributions
Lovely light inside the abbaye
Apr 2016 • Friends
The entrance is tucked away on the left side of the main facade . Abbaye is to the left on entry and gardens are to the right past some of the original walls .
A pleasure to light real candles .
Written April 21, 2016
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