Maine-et-Loire

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
The Essential
Sheltered in a valley on the border between Anjou and Touraine, Fontevraud formed around the famous abbey, which is one of the largest monasteries in Europe. In addition to this exceptional site, the village still has fine tuffeau houses.

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Michelin's recommendations for Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Royal Abbey of Fontevraud Royal Abbey of Fontevraud
Royal Abbey of Fontevraud
Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
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Church of Saint Michel
Church of Saint Michel
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Our reports

Fontevraud, the ideal city

How might a thousand-year-old religious institution be given a new lease of life within today’s very secular society? The solution for revitalising such historic monuments generally consists of organising contemporary art exhibitions on-site. While the Abbaye de Fontevraud is no exception to the rule, its project is far more ambitious and multidisciplinary, with an eye to reviving the original, utopian vision of the ‘ideal city’.
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