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Franciscan Monastery of Saorge and Notre-Dame des Miracles church

Historic site and monument, Religious heritage, Convent, Classified, 17th C, Baroque in Saorge
  • From the esplanade of the Monastery where you can contemplate Saorge "village in the sky" hanging in ampitheatre from the restanques, enter a world of serenity: the baroque Franciscan convent, with the church and its terraced garden in a green valley.

  • The village of Saorge overlooks the Roya Gorge at the gates of Mercantour Park. Listed at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the Monastery, a former Francosiscan convent founded in 1633, is baroque in style. It has retained its original structure, painted decorations and food garden. The Church has remarkable walnut woodwork, paintings and liturgical objects. The cloister is decorated with 17th century frescoes illustrating the episodes of the life of St Francis of Assisi, as well as an...
    The village of Saorge overlooks the Roya Gorge at the gates of Mercantour Park. Listed at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the Monastery, a former Francosiscan convent founded in 1633, is baroque in style. It has retained its original structure, painted decorations and food garden. The Church has remarkable walnut woodwork, paintings and liturgical objects. The cloister is decorated with 17th century frescoes illustrating the episodes of the life of St Francis of Assisi, as well as an exceptional set of nine period sundials. The refectory preserves 17th-century frescoes on monastic virtues. The garden, a veritable haven of peace open to the mountains, consists of an organic vegetable garden and an orchard, arranged in terraces with several irrigation basins linked together.
    The monastery welcomes writers, translators, writers-in-residence writing from April to October.
    - For the visually impaired public, the Monastery offers mediation tools: a tactile model and tour guides in Braille and thermoformed leaflets, very well designed, produced by a specialised association in collaboration with the Valentin Haüy association.
    - For the mentally handicapped public, adapted tours are offered, in-house, by reservation.
    - For the deaf and hearing-impaired, the Monastery can call upon the services of LSF interpreters, externally, by reservation and only for groups.
    - To date, for the time being, no specific accessibility equipment is available for people with motor disabilities.

    Guided tours included in the entrance fee at 10.30 am, 2.30 pm, 4 pm.
    Duration approx. 1 hour.
  • Environment
    • In the country
    • Mountain view
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • French
    • Italian
  • Documentation
Services
  • Activities
    • Shows
    • Theatre
    • Activity
    • Children's entertainment
    • Concert
    • Temporary exhibition
    • History
    • Heritage
    • Botanical
    • Environment
    • Fauna - flora
    • Gardening
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
    • Tour free of charge
Rates
Payment methods
  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • From February 1, 2023 to November 6, 2023
  • Full price
    6 €
  • Group adults
    5 €
  • Free of charge for :
    - Under 18s (families and school groups excluded)
    - 18-25 years old (European Union citizens and non-European legal residents in France)
    - Disabled people and their companions
    - Jobseekers (on presentation of a certificate less than 6 months old)
    - Education pass (valid)

    For all other rates and free measurements, please contact us.
    Discount on presentation: Côte d'Azur Card
Openings
  • From February 1, 2023
    until May 31, 2023
  • From June 1, 2023
    until September 30, 2023
  • From October 1, 2023
    until November 6, 2023
  • Monday
    Closed
    -
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • From 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm Exceptional closure on 1 May.
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • All day from 1 June to 30 September. Last entry at 5.30 pm.
  • Monday
    Closed
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  • Wednesday
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  • Saturday
  • Sunday
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