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Abbaye de Maillezais, Maillezais

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#6 of 23 in Historic Sites in Vendee
Historic Site Tourist Spot
Abbaye de Maillezais was once a thriving Abbey where monks lived, worked, and worshipped. Now the Abbey and Cathedral--set among the moors--lay in ruins, but its silouette against the sky is indictative once was a thriving community. The outlines of the gothic windows and and stone gables make for grand photo opportunities. As you hike around the Abbey and Cathedral grounds you may come across the remnants of an archelogical site that revealed foundations of other buildings used in the monk’s day to day life, such as a salt cellar, kitchen, dormitory, and a refectory. Abbaye de Maillezais is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Maillezais Edition.
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4.6
  • Well worth the €6 entrance fee. Apparently it was the monks from this abbey who started the reclamation of the surrounding marshes and cut the canals. There's a tremendous viewpoint from the top of th...  more »
  • Amazing water lilies in the parking lot outside the entrance. Enjoyed our walk around the ruins, reading the guide book as appropriate. Amazing to learn how the abbey flourished for over 500 years tha...  more »
  • The Abbey of Saint-Pierre is a huge ruin in beautiful grounds, the whole place has been carefully preserved with well thought out points of interest. It is very inexpensive to visit, 19 Euros for 2 ad...  more »
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  • Nice place, nice view, course well-appointed. Guide with location-based smartphone more virtual reality, the latter requires more precision with location in the field. We've had more than 2 h. A few water points and this would be great.
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  • Very nice place to do at least once when it comes to United! Explanation very clear and beautiful landscape! 👌 stars (? / 5): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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  • Request a visit with smartphone! The explanations are clear and you progress at your own pace. AR galley sometimes to appear, but the 3D via virtual reality reconstructions are breathtaking.
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  • Beautiful circuit to visit the Abbey. Great view when that one is at the top
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  • Great site a cathedral of 105 m long.. While our Lady of paris is 130 m... enjoy the tranquility and contemplation. Then take a boat tour on the Green Venice.
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