Abbaye Royale de L'Epau, Le Mans

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#4 of 7 in Historic Sites in Le Mans
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.  With our online itinerary creator, Le Mans attractions like Abbaye Royale de L'Epau can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Recommend to all lovers of history and old stones... The buildings contain surprises (murals)... The calm and serenity carry visitors and the presence of the Queen Bérengère adds solemnity to places...
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  • Beautiful perfectly restored Abbey, in addition various collections of fabulous photographs allow to immerse yourself in this great place.
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  • This well restored building gives an idea of the life of the religious who have occupied. A recommended visit including a day of heat to enjoy the thermal quality of the building. This embellished visit exhibition of quality and a walk on the edges of the Huisne.
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  • Unlike the other writers visited the place as he didn't mind rain to visit the tomb of the rangria of Navarre who was the wife of Richard the lion heart (marriage not consummated by the stories) and was arguing with her brother-in-law John without Israel on reaching retirement and eventually indeed received it. She has had this site with buried. Pay attention to the details. Magnificent and impressive.
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  • A must-see at le Mans! Really a beautiful site that is constantly redeveloped to accommodate the public in the best conditions
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  • Day special village of sciences many children and in the visit of the Abbey 0kus... we have discovered or rediscovered different things
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  • Being restored very nice site
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  • Beautiful Abbey and very well renovated. Guided tour with a tablet that allows to visit at your own pace.
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