A 1 200 years old architectural jewel… Entering the grounds of the former monastery by the priory, redesigned during the 18th century, you will travel through centuries.
Then the gardens will give you an insight of the diversity of plants cultivated since Charlemagne.
The quiet former cloister will guide your imagination through the location of the former galleries, one of which revealed in 2013, an exceptional archaeological and funerary ensemble.
A narrow passage will let you wallow in this unique architectural setting. You can admire the majestic Roman pillars of the nave and the crypt which shelters the tomb of monk PHILIBERT since 836.
From the original monastic church remains only the place for praying, in an almost intact state. A few visible vestiges suggest the monastic buildings, the gardens and the agricultural area. This place, named Deas, had been offered by the bishop of Poitiers, in the 7th century, in order to support the establishment of a monastery in Noirmoutier by monk Philibert.
Emergence of the abbey
At the beginning of the 9th century, the site located in Noirmoutier becomes more and more exposed to Viking attacks. The monks decide then to base an abbey in Deas. Some years later, the monks transfer Philibert’s body from Noirmoutier to Deas, and settle de facto a reformed abbey in the aspect of the “Carolingian Renaissance ».
Deas becomes Saint Philbert de Grand Lieu during the 11th century.
LOW SEASON – November to March
|Tuesday||“On-Demand” tour – Reservation required||“On-Demand” tour – Reservation required|
|Wednesday||“On-Demand” tour – Reservation required||14:00-17:30|
|Thursday||“On-Demand” tour – Reservation required||“On-Demand” tour – Reservation required|
|Friday||“On-Demand” tour – Reservation required||14:00-17:30|
HIGH SEASON – April to October
Closed: November 1st; May 1st; Christmas school holidays, January.
Owing to the cultural activity programming (exhibitions, concerts, visits…), usual opening hours can be modified for your comfort. For information: + 33 2 40 78 73 88
Visiting the abbey church
|Visit type||Full fare||Reduced fare *|
|Self-guiding booklet||€ 4 /pers||€ 2 /pers.|
|Guided tours||February to December|
Thursday at 4:00 pm > Discovery tour
Duration: 45 min
July and august : see details
|€ 5 /pers.||€ 3 /pers.|
|“On-Demand” tours||Self-guided or guided tours|
throughout the year
|Fares available upon request|
+ 33 2 40 78 73 88
| Fares available upon request|
+ 33 2 40 78 73 88
Free entrance : under 6, tourism and heritage professionals.
* Reduced fare : groups from 10 persons, students, job seekers, welfare beneficiaries, disabled visitors, accompanying person of disabled visitors
Site de l’abbatiale – Déas
2, place de l’Abbatiale, le Prieuré
44310 Saint-Philbert de Grand-Lieu
Tél : +33 2 40 78 73 88
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