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Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
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Built in 1110, Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale is now a cultural center with events and collections ranging from graphic arts, animations, musical concerts, and temporary exhibitions of contemporary and old master paintings. View the famous tombs of Richard the Lionheart of England and Isabella of Angoulême, then go on an unusual tour depicting the lives of nuns and previous prisoners incarcerated in the abbey jail that was closed only in 1963. If you have an iPad, bring it to download a treasure hunt and an educational tour onto the device. Make Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale a centerpiece of your Fontevraud-l'Abbaye vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Fontevraud-l'Abbaye trip generator.
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Superbe visite, des bâtiments magnifiques, dans un cadre entièrement refait toute les salles sont superbes À faire absolumentGreat visit, beautiful buildings, in a completely renovated setting all the rooms are superb to do absolutelyshow original
Pourquoi fermer ce site à 17heures, alors que la visite guidée de 15h30 (très intéressante car la guide est vraiment motivée) vient juste de se terminer et qu'il y a beaucoup de touristes sur le site.Why close this site at 17heures, then the tour from 15:30 (very interesting because the guide is really motivated) just ended and there are a lot of tourists on the site.show original
impressionnante par ses dimensions et la beauté des bâtiments, l'abbaye est vraiment un site exceptionnel, une rénovation extraordinaireimpressive by its size and beauty of the buildings, the Abbey is really an exceptional, extraordinary renovationshow original
Joao Cesar Escossia
Founded in 1100, the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud) is now a museum and cultural center. The beautifully restored abbey complex includes a Romanesque abbey church with royal tombs, a lovely Renaissance cloister and a fascinating Byzantine-Romanesque kitchen. The best views of the abbey are from the east, where extensive terraced gardens rise behind the chevet of the church and the Saint-Benoit infirmaries. The abbey church (1105-60) at Fontevraud is impressive but austere, lacking the usual warmth and intimacy of Romanesque churches because of the 19th-century destruction and heavy restoration. The church was built in a combination of Romanesque regional styles. The chancel and transept were built first in a typical Loire Valley style, with radiating chapels at the east end, while the slightly later nave reflects the influence of southwest France, topped with four cupolas on pendentives. Carved capitals in the nave, also in the southwest style, depict animals, plants, and biblical scenes. The main attraction of the abbey church is a fenced-off area near the front of the nave, which contains four royal effigy tombs dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Each one is topped with a painted effigy of its occupant. The remains of the royals are no longer in the tombs, and were probably destroyed at the Revolution.
Erik M. Koehler
Great place to wander around for a while.
Aurélien BuffetYou need to spend a day! The site is very large, the design is very modern and perfect. A June we were not overwhelmed by the crowd, beautiful restorations. The exhibitions and temporary interventions come liven up the visit with a hint of modernity which is good. Only downside, the slightly high price.show original
J & H Logis-Saint-MexmeProbably one of the most beautiful sites around Chinon. Worth a visit for its architecture but also for its outside of the fact of large unobstructed views. Don't miss the exhibitions and always exciting conferences?show original
PolochonBeautiful edifice. Heritage history very interesting.show original
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