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Review of Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre

Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Simply Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is a lovely village that is just across the Rhone river from Avignon and is home to markets, performances and festivals throughout the year.

You can park near the La Tour Philippe le Bel and follow the well-marked walking trail that leads you through beautiful neighborhoods, parks and points of interest to Fort Saint-Andre.

Or you can follow the street signs and drive the main street and turn onto a VERY small street that takes you up to the Fort. Free parking is available next to Fort Saint-Andre.

On Thursdays there is a large outdoor market and many people are there so you may have the Fort and the abbey gardens mostly to yourself.

The admission to the Fort and the jardin can be paid separately. The abbey’s entrance to the beautifully maintained Italian gardens can be accessed just inside the fort and are well worth the small admission fee.

Beautifully preserved and laid out, you walk though a tranquil setting with magnificent views of Villeneuve and Avignon. You can easily spend an hour or two meandering in this setting.
Visiting lily ponds, chapels, statues and a garden setting that surprising is bigger than first perceived.

Visited September 2012
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“Great view from a little known gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

Take the short bus ride across the Rhone from Avignon to Villeneuve les Avignon and walk up the hill to the fort. The abbey is inside the fort but you do not need to pay for the fort entry to gain entry to the abbey - ticket office is on the left for the fort and a bit further in and to the right for the abbey. There is a lovely view back to the papal palace at Avignon but the real surprise for us was the lovely tranquil garden. We were the only visitors most of the time and loved the place. Not huge, but lovely. There is a bit of a museum, but the garden is worth the 5 euro entry fee on its own.

Visited June 2012
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