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

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Historic Site
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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  • they have a fantastic selection of summer concerts here - held in the abbey and very cheap when compared with English concerts. Go in the tourist office to get details and to book. Explore the abbey a...  more »
  • First class experience with a very modern IT focussed presentation throughout and only 5 euros entrance fee - unbelievable.  more »
  • Charming museum in the flour mill. it was a shame and typical of france that despite being a beautiful day, the only restaurant open was a pizzeria and they had no space left, so we had to leave befor...  more »