At the heart of the enclosure created by the walls of Fort Saint-André, which dominates Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (Gard Department), the royal Benedictine Abbey of Saint-André welcomes visitors to its magnificent terraced gardens and abbatial palace............
Rue Montée du Fort
30400 Villeneuve lez Avignon
At the heart of the enclosure created by the walls of Fort Saint-André, which dominates Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (Gard Department), the royal Benedictine Abbey of Saint-André welcomes visitors to its magnificent terraced gardens and abbatial palace. A rare place that harmoniously combines the art of gardens with a mosaic of the heritage and rich history of the Languedoc and Provence regions since the 6th century.
The Garden - Classified among the most beautiful in France, the Abbey’s gardens unfold with old roses, Mediterranean natives, and olive and pine trees more than a century old among the remains of Romanesque style churches and tombs dating as far back as the 6th century. At the foot of the abbatial palace lies a parterre garden in 16th century Tuscan style adorned with ponds, vases and sculptures, and bordered by a pergola covered with wisteria and roses. From the heights of Mount Andaon, these terraced gardens offer panoramic views of the Popes’ Palace in Avignon across the Rhone River.
The Abbatial Palace - Both a spiritual and a strategic site, the Abbey has an extensive history. Originally the retreat of a woman named St. Casarie, then a Benedictine monastery, Saint-André became a royal Abbey in the 13th century, overseeing 211 priories nearby. Restored at the end of the 17th century by the King’s architect Pierre Mignard, the abbatial palace has retained its elegantly vaulted rooms, grand entry doors and monumental staircase.Émile Bernard’s murals as well as numerous collections of objects ranging from art to dinnerware to dolls may be seen during guided tours - visit of the abbey palace with supplement and not included in the Pass -
Open from 1st / 03 to 1st / 11, every day except Mondays.
May, June, July, August and September: 10 am to 6 pm
March and October: 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm
In April: from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm
Open on public holidays (including holiday Mondays)
Stroll in the alleys, from one garden to another
On the 2 hectares of gardens, it is rare to discover so many remarkable species (111 listed) and historical remains. A succession of atmospheres to go: Tuscan, Provencal, romantic, mineral ... along a walk where it is good to relax.
Thematic of the place
Avignon City Pass, Musuems and monuments, Vaucluse Provence Pass