A weekend in Saumur
Just like the Château de Saumur, the Saumur region brings out the soft Tuffeau stone, a myriad of castles and manors, sixty listed churches, the largest abbey in Europe as well as dozens of megaliths, a prestigious riding school, famous wines, kilometres of troglodyte caves and the Loire river.
A dream come true !
Royal Abbey of Fontevraud
A medieval monastic city…
Fontevraud Royal Abbey, situated where the three regions of Poitou, Anjou and Touraine meet, is one of the largest surviving monastic cities from the Middle Ages.
The Abbey was listed as a Historic Monument in 1840, and, as part of the Loire Valley, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
The 13 hectares over which the various buildings are spread, are today teeming with life (artists, visitors, conference attendees), demonstrating the importance of an Abbey that was directly attached to royalty. The tombs with their reclining effigies of Eleanor of Aquitaine, of her husband Henry II and of their son Richard the Lionheart, seen in the Abbey Church, are a reminder of this glorious past.
To stroll along the cloister, to visit the chapter house or the kitchens of the Royal Abbey, gives an understanding of the daily lives of the nuns who lived here. Not forgetting its later incarnation, in the 19th century, as one of the toughest prisons in France.
Abbaye de Fontevraud - Centre Culturel de l'Ouest
BP 24 - 49590 Fontevraud l'Abbaye
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