The Monastery of Saorge, an exceptional baroque monastic architectural ensemble

Located between Piedmont and Liguria. Saorge was a stronghold of great importance controlling the road from Nice to Turin through the Col de Tende.

In 1633, some reformed Franciscan friars founded their convent there, which today overlooks the village of Saorge and the Roya gorges.

The baroque-style church houses one of the oldest painted Way of the Crosses in the Alpes-Maritimes.

The Monastery preserves an original set of nine sundials from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

The refectory benefits from a painted decoration of the 17th century and the cloister is decorated with frescoes of the 18th century illustrating the life of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Also to be seen are allegories of virtues, sundials and trompe-l'oeil?

 

After the departure of the Franciscans in 1967, the State owner of the premises conceived the project of welcoming writers.

Since 2001, the Monastery has thus been destined to receive writers, translators, scriptwriters and composers of music. The residential part of the monument is now open to writing retreats, as well as seminars, colloquia, writing and translation workshops.

 

The monastery has been classified as a historical monument since 1917.

 

 

Monastery of Saorge

06540 Saorge

Tel: 04 93 04 55 55

http://www.monastere-saorge.fr/#

 

 

 

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Nés à Saorge, petit village pittoresque des Alpes-Maritimes, Honoré et Victorine n'hésitèrent pas, dans les années 20, à quitter leur village, un simple baluchon pour tout bagage, dans l'espoir de changer de vie. André, le frère d'Honoré, qu'on appelait vieux garçon, partit lui aussi pour la ville. À Nice, il travailla pendant 50 ans à la SNCF. Comme son frère, une fois à la retraite, il revint dans la maison de ses aïeux. Si vous montez vers le monastère de Saorge, vous suivrez les pas de la promenade préférée de Marie-Antoinette et Edmond, fidèles à leurs racines. Nous avons suivi avec nos aïeux les différents chemins à travers la campagne et découvert la vie de notre village. Outre leur maison, ils nous ont légué leurs valeurs. À nous de les faire fructifier.

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