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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  • The location is superb, very pure. One can only imagine how this abbey was to be Grand, important and rich history. I went during the week, there was little world so it was very nice. The route is well signposted. However, I would have liked a little more explanatory panels (or choose a visit with audio guide) and conitemporain art exhibition I not raced. (But this expo is now over at the time of writing it seems)
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  • This Abbey is extraordinary. Huge despite the parties demolished following the Revolution, she asks to put in the time. In the cloister of the very interesting panels put in parallel monastic life and prison life which is followed there. Because let's not forget this part of history of the Abbey which also helped save her. We also had an exciting tour, which we would have liked to continue again and again.
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  • It is said to be the Abbey the best preserved in all of Europe! We have not visited all the abbeys, but this one is superbly restored. We were lucky to have a guided tour with a young woman absolutely passionate about his craft and madly in love with the Abbey. She could talk for hours and hours. Besides she was available to us at the end to answer all our questions. The Council Chamber with its frescoes that once explained, gives us a new look at these paintings... The Church and its famous tombs... The Smokehouse and its chimneys, the refectory, the dorm... The prison is impressive and leaves an atmosphere still imbued with "tenants" who were enclosed within its walls. Finally the large park which gives an overview of what could be this religious area. This visit is made under the Sun at the beginning of the month of November, on a beautiful morning and we left well satisfied.
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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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