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Abbaye de L'Epau, Le Mans
(4.3/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
The Abbaye de L'Epau was a refuge for a heartbroken queen. Queen Berengaria, wife of Richard the Lionheart, founded the Abbey 1229 at age 59 in an attempt to find peace after a long struggle to keep her inheritance intact. The abbey underwent restoration may times since the 13th century, but often these were interrupted by war and financial hardship; it was eventually completed in 1991. Stroll through the tranquil grounds to admire the modern recreation of a queen’s final respite. The cornices and arches of the ceiling bloom overhead and you'll feel the serenity that Berengaria longed for. You’ll admire the attention renovators gave to the continuity of construction, with the aged stone and warm indoor lighting that make for a contemplative setting.  Put Abbaye de L'Epau into our Le Mans tourist route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Le Mans.
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  • This is one of the curiosity that he ' must see, inquire about the weather for good visit A do a couple or family
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  • This Abbey is a former Cistercian Abbey founded by Queen Bérangère in 1229, it has been beautifully restored. Today it houses the departmental Council and especially many events take place (concert, exhibitions...) The Park is also beautiful. I advise you to visit if you go on the Mans.
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  • Very nice perfectly restored Abbey. The architecture is impressive and the stained glass windows are beautiful. A quiet and relaxing place. Many events take place in the Abbey throughout the year.
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  • . . . . . . . (((( . . . . . . (o.o) - ooO-(_) - Ooo - to see...! ☺ . Beautiful Abbey... The Epau Abbey is a former Cistercian Abbey founded by Queen Bérangère in 1229.
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  • Very beautiful Abbey. Visit to do so.
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  • The Park is very nice and worth a look.
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  • A very pleasant surprise, calm and relaxing this Abbey is easily accessible, beautiful entrance not expensive in all 2-3 euros
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  • Beautiful site in lush greenery to two not of le Mans.
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