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Abbaye Royale de L'Epau, Le Mans

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Religious Site
The Abbaye Royale 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 Royale 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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  • Well worth a visit if you are anywhere near Le Mans. Lots of walking nearby and easy access on the tram from the city  more »
  • beautiful although sometimes empty place but so quiet and peaceful ; exhibitions take often place here which are worth the (cheap) fees of the visit ; currently, there is a wonderful exhibition of the...  more »
  • This is a lovely place to visit, a haven of peace at the edge of Le Mans. The grounds are lovely to walk along and the river. The Abbey is beautiful and contains the effigy of its founder Bérengère de...  more »
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  • Drink non-existent. Organization underneath it all for a day that could be beautiful
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  • Choraleges in a magical place. Only happiness...
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  • High class the Abbey of the Epau, output of le Mans in nature with a large park...! To see! ☺
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  • Nice, it is nice to stroll in the gardens under the Sun...
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  • High place of French heritage.
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