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  • Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud - Saumur
  • Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud - Saumur

Now this place is stunning.

The abbey was created by Robert d'Arbrissel (1045-1117) with some aristocratic ladies, reformed prostitutes, clerics, vagabonds, invalids & lepars. It was unique in that its nuns and monks were governed by a woman - the abbess.

During the French Revolution the order was abolished. It was then turned into a notorious (Frances cruelest) prison, by Napolean which closed in 1963.

Definitely the best part of Fontevraud is the kitchen. It is the only Romanesque kitchen, in France, to have survived.

Address: 49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
Directions: 4km south of Montsoreau
Phone: 02 41 51 71 41
Website: http://www.abbaye-fontevraud.com

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2007
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