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Aerial view of the Royal Convent

The Convent building comprises an inverted "U" (PHOTO), with the north and east wings today a hotel and restaurant. The St-Maximin Office de Tourisme (OT) is located in the west wing of the square. There is no southern wing, as the Basilica forms the southern wall. The covered aisle of the cloister, with its beautiful vaulted ceiling, makes a complete square.

The entrance to the cloister is through the Office de Tourisme, in the right-hand corner of Place Jean Salusse, by the back wall of the Hotel de Ville building. You enter the tourist office, then straight across to a glass door that enters into the Cloister.

Entry hours for the Cloister is 9h-12h30, 14h-18h; Sunday 10h-12h30, 14h-17h30.
If the tourist office is closed, you might be able to enter the cloister from the hotel, but we haven't tried that.

The Cloister is a lovely open area (Photos-07 to 09). On the eastern side are outdoor tables for the hotel's dining room. When we were there last, a group was having a leisurely lunch beneath the shade of a low tree.

St Maximin Royal Convent cloister aisle

The Cloister Aisles have eight bays on each of the four sides, with graceful cross-ribbed vaults. The light filtering down into the Cloister and through the pillars gives a rich, golden light, and a very peaceful feeling.

The ancient Monks' dining hall (réfectoire) and a low vaulted chapel open from the cloister aisles.

Ancient sundial (cadran solaire) on the


There are a pair of ancient, elaborately painted sundials on the interior walls, but both rather faded. The sundial on the East wall is mostly gone, but the one on the north wall (south facing, of course) retains some of the original elaboration.

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