Abbaye aux Dames, la Cité Musicale
Having previously sheltered young noblewomen, the abbey became a barracks. Disused and then rehabilitated, it is an abbey church in the Romanesque style of Saintonges, topped by a superb steeple and endowed with a fine portal delicately carved. A nave with two bays is covered by a wooden ceiling. In the Romanesque choir, is a broken barrel vault which extends the 'cul-de-four' vault. The convent buildings have kept the purity of line of their 17C origins.
Address:11 place de l’Abbaye, 17100 Saintes
Phone:+33 5 46 97 48 48
Price:8 € (-18 years old 6 €) €
Jun-Sep: 10am-7pm; Apr-May: 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-7pm; Oct and Dec: 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-6pm; rest of year: 2pm-6pm - closed Jan, 25 and 31 Dec