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Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes

Soissons, France
+33 3 23 90 30 50
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Fascinating History

I spent an enjoyable Autumn afternoon walking round this ruined Abbey whilst staying at a nearby... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Leah W
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Brilliant semi-ruins, free!

Some lovely ruins of an Abbey. Much is restored and you really get a feeling of how old the Abbey... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Richard G
Wirral, United Kingdom
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Soissons, France
+33 3 23 90 30 50
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

I spent an enjoyable Autumn afternoon walking round this ruined Abbey whilst staying at a nearby hotel. The Abbey and museum are free and there is audio information available in English should your French be limited. The lady in the museum was very helpful and...More

Thank Leah W
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Some lovely ruins of an Abbey. Much is restored and you really get a feeling of how old the Abbey is. The towers are very impressive- you can see them for miles around. Best of all it's free! Park on the street outside. The only...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

If you can, go and visit the remains of this abbey. It's just amazing, exceptional in size and beauty.

Thank michele4444
Reviewed 22 July 2017

The ruins of St Jean des Vignes are the main tourist attraction in Soissons, The church is mostly in ruins apart from one face, but the monastic hall and other buildings have been beautifully restored. There is also an excellent explanatory centre on site. Access...More

Thank sheridan s
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Whatever remains of this ruin has been reconstituted, sometimes rebuilt to discover this ancien momument. Normally not very crowded, free street parking, it is an imposing structure with the cloister.

Thank Anand P
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful old abbey with a remarkably well preserved adjoining cloister. There is a nice grassy area to wander around and get good vantage points for photos. Plenty of display boards in English as well as French. The Arsenal Museum is next door...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Very nice historic place wich dates back to the 13th century. Is now only a ruin but it is a must see if you are in Soissons. It is a challenging place to photograph but rewarding when you make it.

Thank ChristerHagglund
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped at saint jean des vignes on our way to reims. It was the journée du patrimoine day and we were very surprised to find telescopes there !! We admired the ruins with these huge telescopes that let us see tiny details. It was...More

Thank mdbt
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Dramatic ruin. Information centre open office hours has a display that is worth a look (in French only). Attached range is closed when the information centre closes.

1  Thank ElaineRy
Reviewed 10 September 2016

We were in a hurry and passing through but having seen this from afar we went to visit, we didn't go inside but had a wander round the are, there was lots of free parking outside the abbey but only for about 40 cars. It...More

Thank Paul C
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