This masterpiece of Romanesque art was recognized by UNESCO for its outstanding painted decoration and the testimony it provides to the period of the Middle Ages. These fabulous paintings give us a unique history of monotheism by the variety and magnitude of the themes addressed. They have survived in exceptional condition, saved by restorations in 1840 by Prosper Mérimée, Inspector General of Historic Monuments.
It is recommended to start the visit by the scenography for a better understanding of the paintings and the architecture of the abbey complex.
About the Abbey of Saint Savin
Abbey of Saint Savin sur Gartempe
Place de la Libération, 86310 Saint-Savin
Website - tel : 05 49 84 30 00.
Access to the church is free.
Access to all buildings, full price / reduced price : €10 / €8. Free for children under 13 years old. Family package: €25.
Tour booklet in 5 languages: €1 supplement at the entry.
Guided tour of the abbey (duration: 1 hour) : €2 supplement per person.
The entrance ticket entitles you to free access to different areas of the site (abbey, garden, dining hall, shows, multimedia scenorgraphy circuit, projection room ... )
The church is open around 8 a.m.
Cultural Spaces :
From November through March, daily : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday mornings.
April, May, June, September and October, daily : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Sunday mornings.
July and August, daily : 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed in January. On-site boutique and bookstore.
For children: Throughout the year, especially during school holidays, the abbey offers workshops, games and shows for the youngest.
Scenography (included in the entrance fee)
The scenography circuit is organized around the Romanesque paintings of the abbey church and covers the two floors of the monastic buildings. Films, models, electronic terminals with 3D images, slideshows, and other multimedia elements allow visitors a fun and interactive discovery of the site and its paintings. A visit to this innovative cultural facility is essential in preparing to tour the abbey complex.