Sablonceaux Abbey (fr. Abbaye de Sablonceaux) is a former Augustinian monastery located in Sablonceaux in the Charente-Maritime department of south-western France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It is now occupied by members of the Chemin Neuf Community. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

In 1962 André Malraux, Minister of Culture, ordered the restoration of the sanctuary, which took twenty years.

In 1986, the diocese of La Rochelle decided to buy the abbey, in order to make of it a spiritual centre, a house of spiritual retreat (and hospitality to tourists), and also an artistic establishment. It gave this triple mission to the Chemin Neuf Community.

This vast sanctuary built from the 12th century originally consisted of a long nave about 60 meters long including three cupolas on pendentives, the whole being preceded by a narthex. Partially destroyed after the French Revolution, it lost its Saintonge Romanesque façade and two of its domes, traces of which can be seen on either side of the façade.

The current building is reduced to a plan in the shape of a Greek cross. The nave, forming a single bay, accommodates a vast dome. Their height is 18 meters, their diameter is 7 meters 4011. The two arms of the transept, vaulted in a broken cradle, host quadrangular apses vaulted with ribs and decorated with Gothic windows.

GPS coordinates: 45° 43′ 02″ nord, 0° 52′ 41″ ouest

Shortest distances by car:

  • From Paris: 5 hr 21 min (495 km) via A10
  • From Bordeaux: 1 hr 49 min (137 km) via A10
  • From Lyon: 6 hr 34 min (589 km) via A89
  • From Marseille: 7 hr 36 min (774 km) via A62
  • From Toulouse: 3 hr 45 min (375 km) via A62 and A10
  • From Monaco: 9 hr 28 min (955 km) via A62
  • From Andorra: 6 hr 2 min (557 km) via A62
  • From Madrid: 8 hr 38 min (830 km) via A-1
  • From Moscow: 36 hr (3,400 km) via E30/M1
  • From Belgrade: 21 hr 14 min (2,006 km) via E70
  • From Istanbul: 32 hr (2,955 km) via E70
  • From Bern: 9 hr 34 min (840 km) via A1

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See also Andorra travel guide

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