Hospitable Abbey of Sablonceaux in France

8/10/2009 12:18:00 AM ·

Francois Hagnere takes us on a tour of the Abbey of Sablonceaux, a wonderfully hospitable retreat and tourist destination, with the beautiful beaches of France situated right around the corner.

The Augustinian abbey of Sablonceaux in Charente-Maritime, France was founded in 1136. The buildings suffered wars and dereliction. They were listed in 1907 but the complete restoration had to wait until 1962 thanks to the dynamic Minister of Culture André Malraux. Twenty years were necessary to achieve the works.

Tha abbey knew many proprietors and it is only in 1987 that a religious community «La Communauté du Chemin Neuf» settled in Sablonceaux, just after the premises were bought by the diocese of La Rochelle and Saintes. Read more about the Abbey of Sablonceaux

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