Abbaye Saint André

Rue Montée du Fort 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
Abbaye Saint André
Rue Montée du Fort 30400 Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
A strategic and spiritual place, the abbey is the reason for many historical facts
A Benedictine monastery, Saint-André became a royal abbey in the 13th century, commanding over 200 priories
Remodeled at the end of the 17th century by the King's architect, Pierre Mignard, the abbey palace still has elegant vaulted rooms, a portal and a monumental staircase..
The mural paintings of Emile Bernard as well as numerous collections are also to be discovered during the guided tour.
Although the cloister of the former Benedictine and royal abbey can still be seen, it is here that all the splendour of the 18th century and of the Congregation of Saint-Maur surprises the visitor. They can admire the sumptuous vaulted rooms, redesigned in the 17th and 18th centuries by Pierre Mignard, the king's architect, and in particular an exceptional succession of ceilings by François Franque.
The monumental portal, the staircase with its vast proportions, the façade of the left wing reserved for guests and the admirable vaults of the large refectory on the first floor with its skilful stereotomy, are all the work of the abbey's last architect, Jean-Ange Brun.

It should be noted that after the Revolution, only the entrance pavilion was spared: the present Abbey Palace
But it is easy to imagine the splendour of the place and its excessiveness.

THE GARDENS: Having been awarded the "Remarkable Garden" label in 2014, the abbey's gardens are spread out between the remains of the Romanesque churches and the 6th century tombs: Mediterranean plants, olive trees and century-old pine trees.... At the foot of the palace, a 16th-century Tuscan-style flowerbed, currently under restoration, decorated with basins, vases and sculptures, runs alongside a pergola covered with wisteria and roses. On the heights of Mount Andaon, these balcony gardens offer a panoramic view of the Palace of the Popes of Avignon.
Opening times and periods
May, June, July, August, September: 10am - 6pm (all day) and 10am - 8pm (night) every Thursday.
march and October (until 4/11) 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm
april 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm
Open on public holidays (including Mondays).
Exceptional openings: Easter and Whitsun Mondays, May 1st and 8th, Ascension Day, July 14th, August 15th and November 1st.
Ticket office closes 45 minutes before the monument closes.

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