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Abbatiale Sainte Marie

Opening hours: Du 05/11/2019 au 31/03/2021

Cruas abbey church, Romanesque architecture masterpiece, is the witness of Cruas monks eventful past. Don't miss the monastic podium (12th century) rediscovered 40 years ago, as well as the crypt (11th century) and the mosaic (12th century).

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Sainte Marie's abbey church of Cruas, Romanesque architecture masterpiece, is the witness of Cruas monks eventful past who were settled for almost one thousand year.
The present church was rebuilt and expanded during three campaigns of construction between the 11th and the beginning of the 13th century. The history of this abbey cannot be dissociated from the history of Crûle. During heavy rain, the creek turned into a real torrent. The monks were obliged to flee in the medieval site. They also had to clean alluviums which were deposited in the abbey church during the flood. During religions wars, between the 16th and the 17th century, the Catholic monks settled in the medieval site for almost 70 years. During this time, the Crûle has overflowed, bringing a lot of alluvium in the abbey church. At the end of the religions wars, almost three meters of deposit have been accumulated during their absence.
The monks’ community, who was weakened, decided to create a single level church, ignoring the lower section. It was rediscovered 40 years ago during archaeological digs. It gives us a wonderful vision of the monastic podium forgotten for 300 years. Except the Serrabone church, it is impossible to find a monastic podium such as the abbey church of Cruas.

From now on, you can discover the abbey church original volume because of archaeological digs and redevelopment works, which were done between 1985 and 1992, allowing accessibility to the public. Archaeological digs have exposed liturgical elements’ presence, including the altar table, from the 11th century, which is still used during religious services.

By visiting the abbey church, you will have the opportunity to understand how a monastic community worked in medieval period and discover real treasures. First of all, architectural treasure with this Romanesque architecture masterpiece. The monastic podium is a unique and exceptional architectural structure with beautiful sculptures. The crypt of the 11th century with its carved capitals (bestiary, orans) is a must-see such as the choir’s mosaic from the 12th century.

Take a tour with one of our local guides as they share their knowledge with you about the splendour of Sainte Marie’s abbey church of Cruas.

Rates

From 05/11 to 23/12/2019
Adult: 3 €
Group adults: 2.50 € (Get 1 free admission if more than 20 people).

From 02/01 to 31/03/2020
Adult: 3 to 5 €
Group adults: 2.50 € (Get 1 free admission if more than 20 people).

From 01/04 to 30/06/2020
Adult: 3 to 5 €
Group adults: 2.50 € (Get 1 free admission if more than 20 people).

From 01/07 to 30/08/2020
Adult: 3 to 5 €
Group adults: 2.50 € (Get 1 free admission if more than 20 people).

From 31/08 to 30/09/2020
Adult: 3 to 5 €
Group adults: 2.50 € (Get 1 free admission if more than 20 people).

From 01/10/2020 to 31/03/2021
Adult: 3 to 5 €
Group adults: 2.50 € (Get 1 free admission if more than 20 people).

Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, children accompanied by an adult, the students, disabled people.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

Free admission: guide speaker
Pass'Ardèche gives you access to this site and is available at the abbey.

Equipments and services

Equipments : Car park
Services : Motorhomes allowed Guided tours

Ouvertures

From 05/11 to 23/12/2019. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. Open or guided tour. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: at 3 pm. Saturday: at 2 pm. Closed on Wednesday, Sunday and public holidays. From 02/01 to 31/03/2020. Closed on Sunday. Open or guided tour. From Monday to Friday: at 11 am and 3 pm. On Saturday: at 11 am. Closed on Sunday and public holidays. From 01/04 to 30/06/2020. Closed on Sunday. Open or guided tour. From Monday to Saturday : 11 am and 3 pm. Closed on Sunday, Easter Monday and May 1st. From 01/07 to 30/08/2020, daily. Open tour from Monday to Saturday : from 12 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm. On Sunday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Guided tour from Monday to Saturday at 11 am and 3 pm. On Sunday at 3 pm. From 31/08 to 30/09/2020. Closed on Sunday. Open tour or guided tour. From Monda to Saturday at 11 am and 3 pm. Closed on Sunday, Easter Monday and May 1st. From 01/10/2020 to 31/03/2021. Closed on Sunday. Open or guided tour. From Monday to Friday at 3 pm. On Saturday: at 11 am. Closed on Sunday and public holidays. Closed during Christmas holidays.

Services

Spoken languages : English

Length of visit

60 minutes

Abbatiale Sainte Marie

Abbatiale Sainte Marie
1 place de la Liberté
07350 Cruas
France

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