Superb and majestic are two words that can be used to describe this Abbey, a real jewel of the Auxerre's Heritage that you really must explore in person.
Saint Gemain Abbey is an almost intact monastic complex dating back to the 5th century in its earliest buildings. The abbey church dates from the 13th and 14th century, the fine architecture of the cloister goes back to the 17th century, the cellar to the 14th and the highlight of the show : a tour of the 9th century Carolingian crypt, all of which bear witness to the richness of the building.
Saint-Germain abbey hosts the museum of Saint-Germain which proposes different rooms and themes to the visitors:
- The old sacristy: dating back to the 12th century, it enabled the celebrants to wear the ornaments and liturgical clothes. They also put in it the objects required for the worship. Nowadays, it is dedicated to Saint-Germain’s life and iconography and the visitor can discover exceptional textile having still a relic status.
- The old dormitories which were used for several centuries for monks sleeping. This room hosts the antique collections of the museum that reminds of the man through the historical context of Romanization, the architecture and urbanism, the daily life and work, the funeral rites and religion.
- The scriptorium that hosts the mediaeval collections presenting archeological items and other items alluding to calligraphy. It is one of the unavoidable places of the abbey. In the extension of the scriptorium we can find a great numismatic collection from Gallo-Roman time to the 19th century.
- The abbot dwelling that hosts temporary exhibitions.
The abbey is partly accessible for people in wheelchair (cloister, church, chapter hall, medieval hall and toilets). Contact beforehand +33(0) 3 86 18 02 90 (weekdays) or +33(0) 3 86 18 02 98 (week-end).
Saint-Germain abbey is approved "Vineyards and Discoveries"
2 bis place Saint Germain
Phone: +33 (0)3 86 18 05 50
Fax: +33 (0)3 86 18 05 54
Contact GPS :
longitude : 3.5720068
latitude : 47.8002583