Montmajour Abbey

Historic site and monument Religious heritage Abbey
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Situated on the outskirts of Arles, the Benedictine abbey is an example of a monument that bears witness to almost 8 centuries of history and architecture in Provence, built for a community of 50 to 80 monks.
Located on the outskirts of the city of Arles, the Benedictine abbey of Montmajour is an exceptional example of a monument that bears witness to nearly eight centuries of history and architecture in Provence for a community of 50 to 80 monks consists of several buildings and forms a repertoire of Romanesque, Gothic and Classical styles presenting eight centuries of history and monastic architecture from 949 to 1791. It is also a place of inspiration for modern and contemporary art, the site fascinates Van Gogh (1853-1890) who made many drawings there in 1888-1889. "Ascension", the work that Alain Kirili (born in 1946) created for the abbey choir, pays tribute to his use of color "in thickness".Since April 14, 2017, the Abbey has once again opened access to the visit of the hermitage. The only testimony in Western Europe of a pre-Roman architecture in its entirety. The work of the hermitage Saint Peter is completed after 4 years with the restoration of the exterior cladding, the cleaning of the walls, the realization of plasters of gaps and decorative supports, the resumption of the floors, rock, stone and the lighting of the interior volumes of the cave parts. This 11th century cave chapel, originally a simple rock shelter for a few anachorets, is the oldest architectural witness to the abbey.
Accessible for disabled
Opening period (s)From 01/06 to 30/09/2023, daily between 10 am and 6.15 pm.
Last admission at 5:00 p.m.

From 01/10/2023 to 31/03/2024 between 10 am and 5 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, November 11th and December 25th.
Last admission at 4pm.
General information
  • Parking :
    • Coach parking
  • Client profile :
    • Groups
  • Visits :
    • you can visit it
  • Style :
    • Roman
  • Information panel language(s) :
    • French
    • German
    • English
  • Park :
    • Park
Services, Tours, Activities and entertainment
  • Entertainment :
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Activity
    • Concert
    • Shows
    • Theatre
  • Accessibility Criteria for Visually Impaired :
    • Presentation of the place accessible to visually impaired people at the reception
Montmajour Abbey
Route De Fontvieille
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Full price: 6 €.

Free of charge
Under 18 years old (families and school groups excluded)
18-25 years old (European Union citizens and regular non-European residents in the European Union)
1st Sunday of the month from January to March and from November to December
Disabled persons and their companions
Job seekers, on presentation of a certificate of less than 6 months, RMI, RSA beneficiaries,
social assistance
Abbaye de Montmajour
Route De Fontvieille
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.706353
Longitude : 4.66095