ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
The Abbey of Fontevraud is located in the Pays de la Loire region. Considered as one of the greatest monastic cities in Europe, and royal necropolis of the Plantagenet dynasty, the Abbey of Fontevraud is impressive both in its size and its originality. Transformed into a prison by Napoleon in 1804, it was saved from destruction and became a dreaded penitentiary centre. The last prisoners did not leave until 1985. Today, as a Centre Culturel de Rencontre (Cultural Encounter Centre, a label from the Ministry of Culture and Communication), the Abbey is a renowned site for concerts, symposiums and exhibitions. It also plays a role in creative development thanks to artists’ residencies that are welcomed by the abbey.