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La Celle Abbey – a remarkable Medieval monument
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Construite entre la fin du XIIème et le début du XIIIème siècle, cette abbaye est un témoignage remarquable de l’art roman provençal.
Propriété du Département du Var depuis 1990, d’importants travaux de restauration se poursuivent depuis cette date en vue d’une reconstitution intégrale du monument.

For over 500 years, the Abbey welcomed Benedictine nuns from the most important families in Provence and Languedoc, including Garsende de Sabran, the Countess of Provence in 1225. The convent was eventually shut in the 17th century, at the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV. The 12th-century church contains a remarkable collection of furniture, including altarpieces and a Catalan crucifix dating from the 14th century, as well as a 12th-century sarcophagus.

L'abbaye de la Celle©Var Tourisme / Nicolas Lacroix
Exposition à l'abbaye de la Celle©Var Tourisme / Nicolas Lacroix

The Department organises 2 annual exhibitions in the Abbey. Firstly, an archaeology exhibition takes place in the dormitory, displaying objects dug up during local digs, carried out by the department and preserved by the Heritage and Archaeology teams. The second exhibition is about contemporary art and takes place in the refectory, displaying works from the collection of the Hôtel des Arts in Toulon.