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Nieul-sur-l'Autise, Fontenay-le-Comte

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Nieul-sur-l'Autise began as the site of a monastery in 1068, but its claim to fame is as the birth place of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The Royal Abbey of Saint Vincent is a serene reminder of the town’s importance as a spiritual sanctuary for French royalty. This area was was once a swamp, which was drained in the 12th century, allowing the monks to settle and build a tranquil spiritual hideaway here. Survey the former swamp--now a pleasant valley--with a stroll down the banks of the river. There you’ll see the Autise House of Milling, the Park Centre Vignaud, and the square with its fountain of sparkling waters. To visit Nieul-sur-l'Autise and other attractions in Fontenay-le-Comte, use our Fontenay-le-Comte tour planner.
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  • When I entered the museum, I thought: well, well: probably "just another abbey". What a wonderful surprise inside: a modern, welcoming museum, which in a successful manner combines the thrill of authe...  more »
  • A real pleasure in discovering this Abbey in the 11th century. The interesting guide brings the life of the canons (not monks) and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Great food very didactic.
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  • A historic site interesting and informative. Particularly enjoyed the exhibitions and the holograms of associations of Eleanor of Aquitaine with the Church.
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