Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • We stayed at the hotel so could explore the abbey and grounds at night - such a great concept to be able to wander around when no one else is there! See my review of the hotel for more details...  more »
  • I visited because I love history and this is a Royal Abbey. I was not disappointed. Beautiful buildings and the Abbey Church with the four famous tombs is amazing. The grounds and gardens are great fo...  more »
  • Absolutely amazing a must see. Everything at the Abbey is amazing. It all has been refurbished and looks new. The historic significance of the Abbey is iconic.  more »
  • We spent an incredible afternoon today at the abbey. For the reasonably low entry price (11 euros per person) there's certainly a lot to see. We liked what they had done with the restoration and there's a lot of information detailing the history of the site. They have also introduced an artistic aspect to the abbey, with exhibitions as you walk around. Our favourite bit (and complete surprise) was the catacombs, where they have had an artist create images with glow in the dark string. Sounds bizarre but was so atmospheric! We stopped for a lovely glass of wine at the abbey hotel too which was reasonably priced. I'd go back and encourage others to visit the catacombs.
  • Beautifully restored abbey with lovely buildings (especially the cloister) and garden. Well worth seeing.
  • Beautiful Abbey with caves, food and wine.
  • This is one of the most superbly restored set of buildings we have seen. Creativity abounds in the presentation of the abbey and the hotel. Staff are lovely too.
  • Magnificent location and state of the art hotel offering superb accommodation close to other Loire Valley attractions. Allow half a day to explore Fontevraud Abbey itself.