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  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux
    Monastery of Saorge - © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux
  • © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux
    Monastery of Saorge - © Ph. Berthé. Centre des monuments nationaux

    Rendez-vous at the Monastery of Saorge

    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.

    Opening times

    • Open
      - 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.
    • Closed
      - From 1st November to 31st January
      - 1st May

    Practical information

    • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
    • Guided tour (gardens included): French, English, Italia

    Rates

    • 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

    Facilities

    • 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)

    Access

    • 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

    Contact

    Monastère de Saorge
    06540 Saorge
    tel. : (33) (0)4 93 04 55 55

 
 
    tagged as : Pilgrimages & Spiritual Tours, Culture & Heritage, 06-Alpes-Maritimes, Provence, Religious Building/Heritage