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 http://www.fontevraud.fr/ 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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  • We drove an hour and a half to get there only to find they were closed for the day, even when their online schedule said they were open. (Nov. 3 2022) It’s important to let visitors know when you’re.....  more
    We drove an hour and a half to get there only to find they were closed for the day, even when their online schedule said they were open. (Nov. 3 2022) It’s important to let visitors know when you’re.....  more »
  • A fascinating historical site and I was surprised how calm and quiet the whole experience was. We also had lunch at the cafe and the salad was very good quality. I really enjoyed the story boards I....  more
    A fascinating historical site and I was surprised how calm and quiet the whole experience was. We also had lunch at the cafe and the salad was very good quality. I really enjoyed the story boards I....  more »
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  • Beautiful Gothic Abbey with a pretty good Modern art museum also. There was a Monet exhibition when I visited with friends; this was exceptional!! Lovely grounds, Abbey is well maintained and preserved. Some interpretation is in English, but this is inconsistent throughout. The history about the abbey being a prison etc was interesting too! Cafe in the grounds is good value, and there is good ice cream shop just outside the gates. Recommend a visit if you’re in the area.
  • Main reason for visiting was to see the effigies of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard I (and Isabella of France). Enjoyed the large screens which had information in English as well. Information about the nuns who lived there and their daily lives. And about the Abbey as a prison. There was more there than I expected. The terrace cafe had about 4 choices if baguette. No vegan options and the vegetarian baguette option had sold out. Typical. A couple of salads available. I had the goats cheese one which was OK. Cookies, pretzels and muffins also on offer. The museum with the modern artwork was OK for a wander around.

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