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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1,279 reviews
  • August 17, 2017
    Disappointed by the presented exhibits. The only interesting point is the Church with the four recumbent!
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  • August 17, 2017
    the Abbey is very beautiful outwardly, but she seems to have lost its soul, emptied of its heritage of origin you no longer feel in an Abbey inside an exhibition on richard Lionheart interesting and well made of beautiful gardens
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  • August 17, 2017
    Garden badly maintained several videos that do not work. Wine overpriced at the bar nevertheless beautiful place
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  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • August 31, 2017
    Beautiful place but horrible customer service. This guys are not here to listen and help you. They wont try to make your experience enjoyable. I asked for a discount i deserved and they didn't give it to me but everyone else. Could be plain racism!!
  • July 22, 2017
    Nice place. It's worth visiting
  • April 25, 2017
    Beautifully restored abbey with lovely buildings (especially the cloister) and garden. Well worth seeing.
  • August 19, 2017
    simply an exceptional place.

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