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Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Isère

Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Isère
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A stop on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route (Way of St James) and one of France's Most Beautiful Villages, Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye will delight fans of built heritage with its half-timbered old houses, medieval market hall and abbey founded in 1297 by the Order of St Anthony to house the relics of St Anthony of Egypt. Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye has preserved a remarkable building from its rich religious past: Saint-Antoine Abbey Church, built from the 13th to the 15th centuries. This Gothic building is a listed Historic Monument and possesses a magnificent carved portal. The interior holds much of interest for visitors and pilgrims, including frescoes, walnut choir stalls, Aubusson tapestries, a monumental high altar housing the reliquary of St Anthony of Egypt, and an organ dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. Also not to be missed is the treasure house of the Hospital Brothers of St Anthony (Antonines) in the church sacristies, which contains reliquaries, liturgical garments, surgical instruments and a Christ in ivory.

The Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye Departmental Museum, housed in the old noviciate, puts on exhibitions related to the Middle Ages, the abbey and the Order of the Antonines. You can also visit its medieval garden, located in the courtyard of the Great Stables (Grandes Écuries).

The village hosts a sacred music festival in the abbey church every summer, as well as a medieval festival, Saint-Antoine en Moyen Âge, with all sorts of entertainment, including shows, a market and medieval ball.

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Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye

Located in the Isère department, near the Drome, halfway Grenoble and Valence, the medieval village of Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye is considered one of the best jewels of Rhônalpin heritage. It is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France.

Place of pilgrimage for centuries, the village retains many architectural evidence of its prestigious past. The site of St. Anthony, registered under the Historic Monuments, remains, as before, a great center of attraction for curious men in their history. The village's history is closely linked to Saint Anthony the Egyptian whose relics, brought back to the Crusades, would have the virtue of curing the "Evil of Ardent." From the twelfth century, the Hospitallers welcome pilgrims and sick and organize the first "civilian hospitals". Became canons of the Order of the Antonines, they are distinguished by their innovative science in medicine. Diplomats and advisers to large classes, they extend their influence throughout Europe (over 200 command posts). The abbey, Gothic style, is a vestige of this prestigious past greatness.

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Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye General view
Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye General view
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mullioned windows
mullioned windows
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west of the church facade
west of the church facade
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Summer Festival
Summer Festival
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Gatehouse of the abbey
Gatehouse of the abbey
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Tudor
Tudor
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abbey steeple
abbey steeple
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Ruelle
Ruelle
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