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Saint-Antoine-l'abbé: photo, description Saint-Antoine-l'abbaye)

Saint-Antoine-l'abbé - old hamlet in the South-East of France, the rhône - Alpes region. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to just over a thousand people. The nearest large settlement is the city of Grenoble is located 40 kilometers to the East. The settlement itself is located on the slopes of a hill, and therefore the maximum height of up to 580 meters above sea level.

Originally the village was known under a different name - La-Motte-Saint-Didier, however, in the XI century was renamed. The reason was the transfer to the Church the relics of St. Anthony the Great, who became the patron Saint of this town. Here was founded a large Benedictine monastery and hospital built specifically for those suffering from the disease known as "fire of St. Anthony" - a form of ergotism.

The main temple of the Abbey was rebuilt only in the year 1297, and then the façade was re-decorated in the style of flamboyant Gothic. However, the Cathedral continued to build until the XV century. Inside the temple are preserved elegant Gothic sculptures, ancient paintings 1343-1400 years and the main Shrine of the city - the reliquary of St. Anthony. The building is notable for its elegant tall bell tower and the rich old stained glass. The Abbey also houses a cemetery.

The very same monastery complex have survived in excellent condition, however, many buildings were rebuilt much later - in the XVII-XVIII centuries. Interestingly, the monastery has long belonged to the Benedictines, in 1777, for several years passed into the possession of the knights of Malta.

In the city there is another religious building is the small chapel of Notre-Dame, built in the XIV-XVI centuries. Also there are several museums, including the main city Museum, which presents the jewels from the Treasury of the Abbey. The architectural appearance of the settlements, in General, designed in the same style - there are many mansions and rich houses of the XIV-XV centuries.