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Abbaye Saint-Jean-des-Vignes

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Address: Soissons, France
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A recently renovated 12/13th century edifice

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... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2017
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

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Dublin, Ireland
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1,179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 562 helpful votes
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 but was closed on our visit. The Chevet Church dates from 1220 and the facade... More 

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Thank Bozeman-Dublin
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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Boulogne-Billancourt, France
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 an amazing way to discover this beautiful monument

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Thank mdbt
Northumberland, England
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133 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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.

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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 is definitely something to see. if you are in the area

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Thank Paul C
Bath, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful old ruin with some rooms still intact - such as the cellar and the refrectory. A good information centre with translations available.

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Thank stagbag
Salamanca, Mexico
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

It is a peaceful and calm place, the view is impressive. There are the ruins of part of this monastery. Even though, it's a spectacular piece of architecture.

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Thank Liz G
Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

If you are in the area make this a must see. In addition, go see the nearby cathedral. This is an extensive ruin and is truly amazing to experience.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

This is one of the most beautiful abbeys in France. While much of it has been removed, the towers are fantastic. Such Gothic detail. Very nice visitors center with information of the history of the Abbey, as well as the history of Soissons.

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