Abbey of La Sauve Majeure

Interesting
The abbey of La Sauve Majeure was founded in 1079 by the Benedictine Gérard de Corbie (later to become St Gérard) and became a feudal powerbase, establishing many priories as far afield as Spain and England. Monastic life was abandoned in the 16C, started again in the 17C and finally ceased during the Revolutionary Terror. The 12C abbey, representative of the Romanesque Saintonge style, illustrates the transition from Romanesque to Gothic; look for the magnificent capitals in the right-hand bay of the chancel.

Useful information

Address:

14 rue de l’Abbaye, 33670 La Sauve

Phone:

+33 5 56 23 01 55

Price:

6 € (-18 years old free of charge)

Opening hours

Jun-Sep: 10am-1.15pm, 2pm-6pm; rest of year: daily except Mon 10.30am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm - closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec