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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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  • The tour group in which I was involved was not enough time to see all the pieces (interactive floor space, dorm I think). Located in a renovated square, the Church is characteristic of the novel poitevin. Well, our guide was able to describe the different periods of construction and destruction. The leaning pillars are tangible evidence. It's a stripped novel found everywhere in the Abbey, including in the cloister to the standard dimensions of the time (25 not out). DNAs Pavilion Eleanor, and in response to this count, the Department, owner, brought a touch of quiet modernism with interactive screens that describe certain phases of the life of the canons. The story mixes with great in these places.
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  • An Abbey which had fallen into disuse there 30 years, and who has been very well released value, with interactive animations of quality, and friendly shop.
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  • Nice visit with guide, lasts only a half hour. The exhibition on the ancient music instruments adds a little originality.
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