Office de Tourisme

The abbey church

Built in the twelfth century, Saint-Gilles abbey church was the fourth most important destination for pilgrims in the Middle Ages, coming after Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela. The building lost half of its size during the religious wars (it was originally 98 metres long and 25 metres wide) and sacking during the Revolution did much further damage.
Today, visitors can see the sculpted façade, the monumental crypt and its famous spiral stair.