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A spiritual haven a boat ride away from Cannes

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Courtesy of Abbaye de Lérins

Alice Alech - published on 04/14/22

Located on the French Riviera, Cannes is famous for its glamour, but peace and tranquility are only a 20-minute boat ride away among the monks of Île Saint-Honorat.

A community of 21 monks lives on Île Saint-Honorat (St. Honoratus Island), a  breathtakingly beautiful island in the heart of the Mediterranean. The community welcomes day visitors and retreatants to their preserved heritage, the 5th-century Abbaye de Lérins. The monks, aged between 37 and 90, come from different cultural backgrounds, living together and respecting the rule of St. Benedict based on prayer and work. 


A historic monastic site

The island is only 1.5 kilometers long and 400 meters wide, but it is rich in history.

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