Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

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Last resting place of the Plantagenets, the Abbey of Fontevraud is one of the most important monastic sites in Europe. Don't miss the vast 12C church and the Plantagenet tombs in its chancel, the 16C wall paintings in the chapter house of the Ste-Marie cloister, the 12C St Benoît's Chapel and the amazing Romanesque kitchen. Since 1975, the abbey has been a residential centre for the creative arts, where the Centre Culturel de l'Ouest organises various concerts and exhibitions.

Useful information

Address:

49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

Phone:

+33 2 41 51 73 52

Price:

11 € (-18 years old 7.50 €)

Opening hours

Apr-Oct: 9.30am-7pm; rest of year: 9.30am-6pm

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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