The Abbaye aux Dames

History and heritage

At Saintes, an historical place and a cultural center 


Founded in 1047, this abbey was the first convent in the Saintes area. In the 17th century, two fires destroyed part of it. Completely restored, the abbey is today a major cultural centre welcoming exhibitions and the “Festival des Academies musicales”.

Abbaye aux Dames
11, place de l’Abbaye
17 100 Saintes
Tel. (33) 5 46 97 48 48