Monastère de Saorge

History of the monument

Between Piedmont and Liguria. Saorge was a stronghold of strategic significance defending the road between Nice and Turin via the Col de Tende mountain pass. Recollect Franciscan monks founded a monastery there in 1633, at the time of the Catholic Reformation. Today it overlooks the village and waterfalls of La Roya at the gateway to Mercantour.

An example of "Franciscan Baroque". The cloister and the refectory contain examples of exceptional painted decoration dating from the 17th and 18th centuries: frescoes depicting the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, allegories of the virtues, sundials and trompe-l’œil features. The church still has its original furniture and magnificent wood carvings. The building is a fine example of the balance between Baroque and sobriety typical of the Franciscan Order.

A green oasis. The harmonious surroundings are set off by huge terraced grounds featuring an orchard and kitchen garden, looking out on to wonderfully untouched mountains.

Occupied by Franciscans until 1988, today the monastery is a residence for writers.


To ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.

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2 October 2016 - 20H26


Autrefois, le monastère de #Saorge  fut une importante place forte qui contrôlait la route allant de #Nice  à #Turin . Ancien couvent franciscain, il est aujourd'hui...