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The romanesque basilica of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire


Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, Abbey Church, porch tower

 Founded in 651, the Abbey’s heyday was between the 9th and 10th centuries, as an internationally renowned centre for study, culture and the development of the arts.

Two successive abbots, as well as the transfer of the relics of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the founder of western monasticism, in 672, made the abbey an influential place.
Abbon, considered by his contemporaries as one of the most erudite men of his day, brought writers, historians and poets there, and developed an abbey school and scriptorium on the site in the late 10th century, which were famous throughout the whole western world.
His successor, Gauzlin, developed artistic activity by building the porch tower, which he intended to be “an example for the whole of Gaul” and which became the symbol of the abbey.
After being dispersed during the Revolution, the monks returned to the site in 1944 and Benedictine monastic life resumed, arranged around work and prayers. 



The church is all that remains of this prestigious abbey, as the monastic buildings were destroyed during the French Revolution. The 11th-century porch tower is adorned by numerous capitals, as are the transept and the choir in the basilica. They form an iconographic group which is unique in the "Region Centre" and are a major work of early Romanesque art.





The crypt, which was built in the second half of the 11th century, is arranged around a heavy, hollow pillar, with arches springing from it to form a double ambulatory.






 This place of silence and contemplation enables pilgrims to meditate and pray before the relics of St Benedict, which are kept in the pillar and whose healing powers were thought to have given rise to several miracles.



An awe-inspiring display of art and spirituality !


The basilica is opened from 6 am to 10 pm in summer (Apr-Oct) and from 6 am to 7 pm in winter (Nov-Mar). Free visit except during ceremonies and offices.
For groups visiting free or guided, contact the monastery at 00.33. (0)

Guided tours from 5 persons, from 1st march to 31 October, Sundays and bank holidays at 3:15 pm, on Saturdays at 4 pm. In July and August daily guided tours with the CASA guides.

Gregorian chants at 12 am and at 11 am on Sundays and national festivals.



Located near the basilica it is opened :
- from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm
 and from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
- on Sunday after mass at about 12:15 pm until 1 pm
 and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm
- Closed on Tuesday morning.
 Tel. : 00.33.(0)




Abbaye de Fleury
Place de l’Abbaye
45730 Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
Tel. : 00.33.(0)
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N 47°50’46.606"
E 2°18’19.622"






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