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Abbey of Montmajour
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Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence from Marseille
Ranked #6 of 72 things to do in Arles
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Don't just drive by ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014

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!

Visited June 2014
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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting abbey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

It was raining when we were there so parts of the tour were slick and we had to be careful but definitely well worth the admission. So wonderful views from the tower.

Visited July 2014
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Great old abbey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014

On a beautiful spot, overlooking the surroundings from Arles.
Great place to dream from past times. They have some nice rooms to show art as there was now " photography Arles". We loved it for his historical past, must see!

Visited July 2014
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Jackson, Mississippi
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“Tricky Tours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a marvelous monstrosity of medieval monastic masonery. About every 80 years, or when the monks discovered a large contribution in the collection basket, construction was begun on yet another addition of the abbey.

You should tour the entire abbey -- from beneath to high above -- if possible. I recommend this stop, but warn that it is sometimes closed without proper notice or only partially open.

Visited July 2014
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New York
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“Well worth visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the Abbey much more than we expected. The views of the Arles plain are lovely, the medieval architecture is very well preserved, the graves carved into the rocks were interesting and the self-tour material was well organized and informative. Michelin gives this site 1-star but we thought it deserved 2-stars.

Visited June 2014
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