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Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye

Interesting
Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye
The Essential
Interesting
This imposing and beautiful abbey is an unexpected sight, situated in the middle of nowhere between the Chambaran forest and a tiny village. It houses the precious relics of St Anthony of Egypt, who, in the 3C, was the first monk and hermit in the history of Christianity. The abbey was the mother house of the now-defunct Antonine religious order, which enjoyed a long period of power and was once renowned for treating the sick. Don't miss the frescoes and treasure in the abbey church.