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Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, a Benedictine Abbey founded in 804 CE, is an official historical monument with notable architecture. The porch of the church dates from the 12th century, and the bell tower was constructed in the 15th. The nave is taller than the average church nave, with four bays, double arches, and supporting pilasters. The nave and two aisles feature a semicircular, barrel vaulted design. Admire the relieving arches on the side walls. The well-preserved, ornate Altar Guilhem is in its original condition, with white marble and black limestone inlaid with multicolored glass paste. The lapidary features decorative columns and statues, as well as the marble tomb of the founder of the abbey and other sarcophagi. Add Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert and other attractions to your Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert trip itinerary using our Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert online holiday planner.
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  • saint guilhem le desert is one of the most beautiful places i have ever seen. if you get the chance to visit here, do it, you will never forget it. the abbey was lovely to get to see as well... 
    saint guilhem le desert is one of the most beautiful places i have ever seen. if you get the chance to visit here, do it, you will never forget it. the abbey was lovely to get to see as well...  more »
  • Also known as the Gellone Abbey, this is a Benedictine abbey built in 804.It was icluded as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France World Heritage Site in 1998. There's also an... 
    Also known as the Gellone Abbey, this is a Benedictine abbey built in 804.It was icluded as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France World Heritage Site in 1998. There's also an...  more »
  • Abbaye de Gallone is a monastery located in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, a tiny and small town in the South of France. In fact, the town exists thanks to the monastery and it is located in the center of.....  more
    Abbaye de Gallone is a monastery located in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, a tiny and small town in the South of France. In fact, the town exists thanks to the monastery and it is located in the center of.....  more »
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  • A stone village set in a valley an amazing discovery,you can also do canoing and stroll around the village lots of artisanal shops would recommend for a day outing,abbey is also a good place to chill up
  • A very cool abbey. I'm not kidding you. It's freezing on the inside of it for some strange reason. Out of all of the churches that I visited so far on this trip, this one definitely has a creepy vibe in parts of it. That's not necessarily a negative though. It has a living history you can feel. It's absolutely stunning to photograph. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy photography.
  • A very simple yet charming and peaceful place. The cloisters were a joy to walk through to get out of the heat and crowds and be in a quiet yet awe-inspiring space. A wonderful spot to stop for a breather!
  • Lovely old middle age town, you feel the history and fait when walking around, absolutely worth visiting. The downside is the parking. It is spacious and with a public toilet. You get 20 mins free but then the minimum parking duration is 2 and half hours costing 5 euros. There is no options for shorter duration.
  • Wonderful, peaceful and contemplative. A must stop if you are in the region. The village surrounding the abbey is beautiful and worth a visit. Picturesque is the best word to describe the village. The cloister is very pleasant. Plan on a least an hour for a visit. See the museum and the library. The crypt is a little austere, so you might consider skipping it.

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