• Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale

  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale
  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale
  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale
  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale
  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale
  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale
  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale
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The Abbaye aux Dames is the Cité musicale of Saintes. The Festival de Saintes, the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye (an artisitic educational programme) and the historical site on which it is set are the fundamental pillars of the Abbaye aux Dames. The Abbaye aux Dames, founded in 1047, was the first abbey entirely for women in the Saintonge. For over a thousand years, people reflected, slept, traded, studied and prayed at the abbey. Today as “la cité musicale” it continues its role as a hub of creation. Music is central to the activites at the abbey, with in particular: - the Festival de Saintes, where early music evolves towards a more contemporary approach. Not tobe missed ! - the Jeune Orchestre de l'Abbaye, a unique training course on period instruments for young musicians of all nationalities. A veritable springboard preparing young musicians for the stage. - Musicaventure, a connected and sensory way to visit the abbey. - concerts all year round. The abbey also welcomes visitors to its hotel with its deliberate style of simple sobriety. The shop promotes local products, regional literary and musical works. The abbey's commitment to be active in the lives of the local population is shown by the diversity of its audiences, a long-term commitment to cultural mediation, on-site subsidized housing and artist residencies. The abbey is open to everyone, encouraging all to share, in all simplicity and without artifice, in the emotions and pleasure of music. All these mutually reinforcing and enriching activities make the Abbaye aux Dames a unique musical ecosystem. MUSICAVENTURE: All year round you can explore the abbey through a sensory and connected experience. There are different ways to explore: - les Voyages Sonores, a gentle approach. Music and history of the abbey are told, whispered, sung. - les Siestes Sonores, the emblematic concerts of the Festival de Saintes can be enjoyed in a deckchair with headphones in superb 3D sound. - the Musical Carrousel, a unique merry-go-round inhabited by the “Bazilik” which houses giant and digital musical instruments. - the classic audio guide.

On-site activities

Children's entertainment
Temporary exhibition
Permanent exhibition

Facilities & services

Exhibition space
Meeting room
Car park
Free car park
Coach parking
Free WiFi access
Tourist brochures
Tourist information
Available for private hire
Coach access
Online shop
Room hire
Guided tours

Type of customer



Town location In centre of town Riverside Close to a public transportation Bus stop < 500 m City bike station < 500 m Cycle track/route within 500 m Close to a motorway Panoramic view

Opening time

From 01/04 to 30/06/2023, daily.

From 01/07 to 30/09/2023, daily.

From 02/10 to 31/12/2023.
Closed on Sunday.
Closed exceptionally on December 25th.

Prices & payment methods

- Adult3 € - 10 €
- Child3 € - 9 €
- Studentfrom 9 €
- Full pricefrom 10 €
- Job seekerfrom 9 €
Bank/credit card
Travellers Cheque
Online payment
Credit transfer
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