Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this monastery, founded in 1047 by Geoffroy Martel and his wife, Agnès de Bourgogne was the first convent in Saintonge. It was regarded with prestige up until the Revolution when the Benedictines were forced out.
Only the Notre-Dame Church from the 11th and 12th Centuries survived. The arched portal and the steeple columns represent magnificent examples of Saintonge Romanesque art.
In the 17th century convent buildings , a permanent exhibition traces back the history of the site. The abbey steeple offers a magnificent view of the Saintes rooftops.
The Abbey is now a member of the prestigious Cultural Centre Group which organises the Saintes Festival in July.
Closed from the 24/12 to the 01/01 inclusive
From Wednesday 1 October to Wednesday 31 December 2014 :
From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00
From Monday to Friday from 14:00 to 18:00
Saturday, Sunday from 14:00 to 18:00
Closed on 1 January and 25 December