This convent of reformatted Franciscans is one of the few still remaining in the Nice region
The village of Saorge overhangs the gorges of the Roya. The church of the Franciscan convent, which was founded in 1633, was built in the Baroque style. The refectory features painted decorations from the 17th century and the cloister is decorated with 18th century frescoes showing the life of Saint Franis of Assisi.
The monastery houses a fascinating collection of nine sundials from the 17th, 18th, and 19th century. The church features one of the oldest Stations of the Cross paintings in the Alpes-Maritimes region.
- 2nd May to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- 1st October to 31st October and 1st February to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- From 1st November to 31st January
- 1st May
- Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
- Guided tour (gardens included): French, English, Italia
- Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people) 4,50 €
- Adults 5,50 €
- Concessions 4 €
- Free admission: minors under 18*
- Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)
* excluding school groups
- Seating available during the tour and in park
- Parking for coaches 600 m (coach park can be accessed by the northern access of the village)
- Between Turin and Nice, near the D6204 At 33 km from Vintimille
- From Nice: A8 motorway et E74 direction Vintimille, Col de Tende-Breil, then D6204
- Crossing of Saorge town impossible by car
Monastère de Saorge
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