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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  • My partner and I stayed while doing a tour of Northern France and I can say it is a lovely hotel Ina great setting and as we were guests we aware able to view the abbey at night by ourselves and it wa...  more »
  • This Abbey is really very well restored. During the visit the history of the place is pretty well described. We stayed there for a moment.
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  • A visit always nice and mysterious! About 2:00 us have just to see the essential! A jewels of heritage and history...
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great place to wander around for a while.
  • Great Abbey with a rich history. Very nice visit. 3 hours to have time to make the tour of the gardens
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