Jardin de l'Abbaye de Valsaintes, Simiane-la-Rotonde

#14 of 46 in Parks in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
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Located in the district of Gruyére, Canton of Fribourg, and is known to be the only remaining Carthusian monastery on Swiss soil. Built in 1295 by the Lord of Corbiéres - Girard I, the building was once destroyed by fire in 1381. The restoration of Jardin de l'Abbaye de Valsaintes saw all of the 19th century interior work, including the floors, removed, with the oldest surviving part of the monastery being the two bays of 14th century vaulting set in Tuffiérre stone. Now widely known for its garden, Jardin de l'Abbaye de Valsaintes is said to house more than 300 species and varieties of plants whose beauty is sure to astound you. Add Jardin de l'Abbaye de Valsaintes and other attractions to your Simiane-la-Rotonde trip itinerary using our Simiane-la-Rotonde day trip planning site.
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  • True it is the end of August and gardens in Provence tend to show a certain wear and tear by now....but this garden was unkempt, untended and parched beyond belief. Not worth visiting. Perhaps when....  more »
  • We had a special visit for our small group at the gardens with the Jean-Yves, the gardener. His English was very good and he had lots of intriguing information for us that we would have never...  more »
  • Nice, off-road location, but the garden needs a bit of maintenance, e.g. plant names faded in the sun, mostly name tags on rose bushes, but not on (sometimes more interesting) other plants. If you're nearby, take a look.
  • What a find and what an unexpected pleasure! Visited 2 June 2016 and the gardens were in full bloom. The restoration of the buildings was also tremendous credit to the caregivers.
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