Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

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Founded in 1101, Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale remains the largest surviving monastic complex from the Middle Ages. The reclining effigies of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II, and Richard the Lionheart offer a reminder of its close links with the Plantagenet kings. Converted into a prison between 1804 an 1963, it was then designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Loire Valley. Please see for more information. Put Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale into our Fontevraud-l'Abbaye trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye.
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  • As a history buff, I've longed to see the effigies of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II. The Abbey has a beautiful setting for its effigies, a detailed explanation of the history, and a lovely...  more »
  • A nunnery and a prison is the history There are grand rooms. Disorganization clearly to be seen for visitors.  more »
  • At the end of a week of visiting the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, this was the icing on the cake! The whole site is huge and has been used for various purposes, including unfortunately a prison, but....  more »
  • Worth visiting and not too expensive even if you are a big family! In case you don't take a guided tour you will be able to find out a lot about the place because it has digital displays and boards with descriptions and information. It offers a game for kids, so they can enjoy visit too. Toilets are very clean. Parking is quite big and very close to the abbey.
  • An interesting and historic visit. Lovely grounds and gardens. Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine buried at this abbey.
  • I last visited Fontevraud-l'Abbaye 43 years ago and much has changed for the better. It's much more loved than it was. I still love the effigies.
  • The most, if not one of the most, biggest abbeys in Europe. Near other good places and châteaus in Loira Valley. Recommended.
  • Phenomenal. Self-guided tour, yes. Absolutely must see. The town is wonderful for lunch. It’s worth 3 hours for the whole experience.

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