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Abbaye Bénédictine

Abbaye Bénédictine Review

At night the Abbaye Bénédictine is romantically floodlighted. Possibly founded by Charlemagne in the 8th century, it has none of its original buildings left, but its bell tower has been hanging on since the 11th century (the secret of its success is that it's attached to the cliff rather than the abbey, and so withstood waves of invaders). Fifth-century hermits carved out much of the abbey and some rooms have sculpted reliefs of the Last Judgment. Also here is a small museum devoted to the 19th-century painter Fernand-Desmoulin.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Bd. Charlemagne, Brantôme, 24310 | Map It
  • Phone: 05–53–05–80–63
  • Cost: €4.50
  • Hours: July and Aug., Wed.–Mon. 10–7; Apr.–June and Sept., Wed.–Mon. 10–6; Oct.–Dec. and Feb.–Mar., Wed.–Mon. 10–noon and 2–5
  • Location: Brantôme
Updated: 02-22-2013

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