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ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
ABBEY OF FONTEVRAUD
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.

ESSENTIALS

Monastic city

Monastic city from 1101 to 1804, the Abbey of Fontevraud has an architectural style rich in terms of spiritual meaning but also punctuated by the manual activities, part of everyday life here. Enter the secret of monasteries, walk in the footsteps of the nuns, and explore a different world: the mysterious Roman kitchens, the cloisters, the dormitories and the large refectory…

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ESSENTIALS

Royal Abbey

Founded in 1101 by Robert d'Arbrissel, the Abbey of Fontevraud is a monastic city managed by women. The abbesses of royal lineage succeeded one another after Eleanor of Aquitaine spent her last days here. Today, within the abbey church are the recumbent statues of the Plantagenet dynasty: Henri II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lion-heart, and Isabella of AngoulÊme.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

The hidden face of the Abbey

The Abbey of Fontevraud opens its most guarded doors to offer you a whole range of thematic visits off the beaten path that can be shared with the whole family: 'The underground passages', 'The last days of the Abbey: before the Revolution', 'The Central prison ' and also 'The nuns' daily life'.

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HIDDEN TREASURE

The central prison of Fontevraud

At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon transformed the Abbey of Fontevraud into a prison, saving it from destruction. New walls and partitioning were added to the existing walls making it more suitable for its new identity. Discover the stones which still bear signs of a somber past.

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COUPS DE COEUR

Montsoreau, the small town with character

Between the Loire and the hillside, you will appreciate this old town and its romantic château, where fortress and manor-house gracefully join together. Made famous by Alexandre Dumas and situated right at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne (at the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional nature reserve), Montsoreau has always been a major stopping place for river traffic. When exploring the town centre, you will notice a number of troglodyte dwellings, old mariners’ houses, windmills, the Sénéchaussée palace, its churches, and the Fontaine well. Visits on foot, on horseback or by bike will take you around the village, vineyards and along the riverbanks.
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