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Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre

Rue Montee du Fort | Fort Saint-André, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
+33 4 90 25 55 95
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A delightful walk in the past

After checking out the morning markets and having lunch in the square we walked up to the Fort and... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2017
SalientInt
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Perth, Australia
Garden with a view

After the Brocante market we walked through the village up to the Jardins and were rewarded with a... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2017
Cabarita7
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Sydney, Australia
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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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Rue Montee du Fort | Fort Saint-André, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
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Reviewed November 2, 2017

After checking out the morning markets and having lunch in the square we walked up to the Fort and lovely Jardins de l'abbaye Saint-Andre. As it is well into Autumn the gardens were not at their most spectacular however they still looked pretty we both...More

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

After the Brocante market we walked through the village up to the Jardins and were rewarded with a great vista of Avignon across the river. The gardens are lovely to walk around and discover the old churches/olive orchard and cemetery. You can find lovely quiet...More

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Reviewed September 7, 2017

Away from the main tourist centre of Avignon, this was worth the walk to see. You can see across the Rhône river at the main sights in Avignon including Mount Ventoux in the distance.

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Reviewed July 19, 2017

This is a lovely garden with many peaceful nooks and crannies to explore. It was glorious in April when the Irises are out.

Thank Martin and Sue C
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Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful property.. spend time reading and learning about the history before heading out into the gardens.. once in the garden take your time and follow the map they give you.. Amazing view points! Definitely worth the trip..

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Reviewed June 14, 2017

This is part of a three way ticket with Fort St Andre and Chartreuse. Unfortunately this wasn't mentioned when we bought our tickets! There is a little food and drink available but you'd be better taking your own. There is a little map to follow...More

Thank David A
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Reviewed June 13, 2017

Well worth the climb (inside the Fort). fabulous views over to Avignon and the Palace and loungers available if you're lucky. The introductory video was very interesting. Unlike a UK gadren as not a lot of colour and it will get dry as the summer...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2017

well worth the effort to get here. we walked from the city center in about 25mins. there are plenty of nearby restaurants for spot of coffee and cake, and indeed in the gardens too. the view us spectacular...the visit will take you about an hour

Thank Christian M
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

The climb to the gardens is worth it. The view over Avignon and the valley is spectacular. The gardens are on several levels and have a mix of plants from the Mediterranean region. It is not a botanical garden, simply an excellent place to wander,...More

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Reviewed May 21, 2017

good garden design with lots of interesting variations. the restored chapel and church ruins worth the climb,and a good vantage point to view avignon

Thank Malcolm W
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