Abbaye de Sorde

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:30 am - 01:00 pm 02:30 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Tuesday 10:30 am - 01:00 pm 02:30 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Wednesday 10:30 am - 01:00 pm 02:30 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Thursday 10:30 am - 01:00 pm 02:30 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Friday 10:30 am - 01:00 pm 02:30 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Saturday 10:30 am - 01:00 pm 02:30 pm - 06:30 pm
  • Sunday 02:30 pm - 06:30 pm

Opens at 10:30 am

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Useful information

  • Qualité Tourisme
  • Tourisme Durable
  • Chemin Saint Jacques de Compostelle
  • Unesco
  • Monument Historique
  • OT Pays d'Orthe et Arrigans

Location : In the countryside

Province : Landes South coast

Services

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  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Entertainment
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  • English
    • The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Jean de Sorde was founded in the Middle Ages on the banks of the Gave d'Oloron in a natural setting that is now protected.

      The abbey complex, made up of the church, the conventual buildings and the abbey dwelling, was built on the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa (3rd-6th centuries): excavations have revealed beautiful mosaic pavements, typical of the school of Aquitaine, as well as private thermal baths.

      The church, with free access, has preserved sculpted decorations and mosaics from the Romanesque period as well as an 18th century marble high altar.

      The conventual buildings rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century are open to the public from April to November. Partially in ruins, they have been the subject of an extensive restoration program since 2002.

      The cloister serves as a setting for the shows (concerts, theatre) which punctuate the cultural season and the chapter house, the vestibule and the parlor host artists' residences and temporary exhibitions.

      Event 2022:

      A new fun course for the family! The life of monks explained to children... and parents! The parlor, the cloister, the chapter house and the garden are the "playground" of this guided tour where you learn while having fun.

      Flash tours! Find the guides of the abbey and let yourself be surprised by an unusual visit where the theme discussed will be revealed to you on site!

      and since last year, the Gallo-Roman mosaics of the Abbey of Sorde! The guided tour invites you to go back in time to the ancient period: discover the archaeological site of the Gallo-Roman villa and its superb mosaic pavements.

      These new visit proposals make it possible to enhance this exceptional ensemble listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the roads to Santiago de Compostela in France.

      Check out our events here!

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Traveller Reviews Abbaye de Sorde

4.4 sur 5 303 reviews

  • Patricia Phelan

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Patricia Phelan on 05/06/2018

    Beautiful peaceful surroundings and the Abbaye is splendid. A fascinating scale model of the Abbaye and it's surroundings of how it must have looked is something to go look at. Beautiful stained glass windows too.

  • Tove Lau

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Tove Lau on 25/07/2018

    went for an evening visit with very low expectations. It was simply magic! brought my 3 year old who loved It too. Caves under the monastry were cool and make sure to visit the place close to the river

  • Geoff Weller

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Geoff Weller on 19/09/2018

    Predominately ruins, but some interesting sections remaining, including the storage rooms asking the river. A few displays also with a look.

Traveller Reviews Abbaye de Sorde

4.5 sur 5 51 reviews

  • "More to this place than meets the eye."

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Claire P (United Kingdom) on 15/09/2017

    The very old abbey church olds some secrets. There are wonderful roman mosaics to be seen behind the altar as it was built over a roman villa. The old Roman baths and further mosaics are to be...

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  • "Very beautiful place, but you need to speak french."

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Robolasse (Horsens, Denmark) on 26/07/2017

    The place is really beautiful, and it's best to go on the guided tour which takes you down below to the tunnels. The problem is the lack of English by the guide (which seemed very competent) and the...

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  • "beautiful site but little to see unless you go on the guided tour which i suspect is much better"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by Claire C (Sydney, Australia) on 06/06/2016

    we did not go on the guided tour because we would have had to wait nearly 1 hour for it to start so we decided to visit the site on our won. little left to see and the modern exhibition inside the...

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Abbaye de Sorde

Address

232 place de l'Église
40300 Sorde-l'Abbaye

Contacts

Phone : 05 58 73 09 62

GPS coordinates

43° 31'44.37"N, 1° 3'16.58"W

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