Monastere de Saorge
Monastere de Saorge
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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 frescœs 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. 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. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 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
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Chong L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
There is no honest review on this tour so far, probably the bad ones have been filtered out. The tour guide was super lovely and friendly, but a tour to this spot is terrible, not worth the visit. Wasted one full day that could be spent visiting another village. Extremely bad area to take people to, nothing to see, so boring.
Written 11 June 2024
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UKtraveller1
London, UK3,141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Was a good walk / hike from the train station to get to the monastery with our tour guide. Got in easily and did the visit with our tour guide who was very knowledgeable about it and went through all the rooms and hearing the stories. Got to take amazing photos going along the visit.
Written 2 December 2023
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Chris C
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had read a leaflet featuring the monastery, and noted that for the month of October, it is closed each Wednesday.

Having had lunch in the village, I arrived for the afternoon opening ( either at 2pm or 2.30pm, according to where you look it up !)

€6 entrance fee for an adult. ( maximum charge)

The dogs and don'ts, regarding access, are clearly explained.

Armed with a leaflet, and a large laminated guide, both in English, I set off.

Impressed with the monk's cell - basic but adequate. The cloisters, chapel, choir and refectory are also capable of making you take stock of modern life, and its trappings.

For me, though, the gem is the rear garden. Gently overgrown in parts, it is in a spellbinding location, surrounded by mountains on all sides, seemingly.

Was reluctant to tear myself away from the view, sat on a terrace chair, at home time !
Written 12 October 2023
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Mmerola22
371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It is well worth the scenic train ride out of Nice up to the perched village of Soarge. It is like a trip back in time to see what a medieval village looked like (frankly, not much has changed). Walking the cobblestone streets is peaceful; observing the markers of times past is enlightening. The monastery itself is absolutely stunning. From the small church, to the original frescoes, it is all amazing to take in. A must see up in the Alps.
Written 27 July 2023
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Bicyclista
Belgium42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Friends
The guy on the front desk was utterly charming but really and truly thhere isn't much to see and the art is more hilarious than inspiring. It's not often I think I could do better ( well I exaggerate but it is unlikely to make your heart soar - unlike the scenery outside)
Written 24 September 2018
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James T
Austin, TX77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
It was really fun to find this hillside treasure, but be aware that the roads are mainly single lane and people come barreling up and down to this Monastery and you'll need nerves of steel to navigate your way there - and then there's likely no parking whatsoever, so you'll need to navigate your way out without stopping. Shame, it'd been nice to stop.
Written 26 June 2017
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DannyDublin24
Dublin203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Located to one side of the town (up a fairly steep hill) this national monument is well worth the visit. The cloister had an exhibition on which was very nice. The gardens very beautiful. Francesco and his team were both warm and informative. If you fell energetic after follow the path up the side which offers some stunning views of the valley.
Written 16 June 2017
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SavepolarbearsUK
England41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
Unique baroque monastery, with a lovely garden and many original features. Great guide, who will tell you how the village and the monastery fit in the history of Piemont and Savoie!
Written 18 September 2016
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Mat M
Kingston, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
Last night we loved the annual night time tour given by Francesco, the accomplished daytime guide who combined his formal historic knowledge of the monastery with a fun sense of humour and candlelight ambience. Francesco is unforgettable and he made the monastery a unique experience for me and my friends. See you next year!
Written 18 September 2016
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Steve W
Menton, France487 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
The Monastere de Saorge is a beautiful example of the Franciscan influence in the French commune of Saorge located in the French Alps above Menton. The monastery is approximately 300 hundred years old and was constructed as a reward to the Franciscan monks who responded to a terrible pestilence problem in the 17th century that affected the local olive trees. Because the olive crop was a mainstay of the economy in this medieval village the inhabitants were more than willing to construct the monastery in order to end the pestilence. The interior of the monastery has been preserved to the point that this attraction is s French National Historical site. There is a minimal entrance fee (4€) and the tour is guided in either French or English.
Written 8 September 2016
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