The Fontevraud abbey

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Founded in the 12th century and run by abbesses until the 18th century, Fontevraud Abbey, the burial place of the Plantagenets, used to be the most powerful monastic complex in France. Today, the royal abbey is a cultural centre where you can visit a 12th-century Romanesque abbey church containing recumbent effigies of the Plantagenets, the Grand-Moûtier cloister, a chapter house, refectory and remarkable Romanesque kitchens.

Fontevraud regularly hosts concerts, conferences and exhibitions.

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Kitchens and refectory (© Jean Espirat)Kitchens and refectory (© Jean Espirat)
 
Nave of the church (© Jean Espirat)Nave of the church (© Jean Espirat)
Promenoir cloister (© Jean Espirat)Promenoir cloister (© Jean Espirat)
 
Cloister and church steeple (© Jean Espirat)Cloister and church steeple (© Jean Espirat)
Garden of the cloister and bell tower of the church (© Jean Espirat)Garden of the cloister and bell tower of the church (© Jean Espirat)
 
Refectory Abbey (© Jean Espirat)Refectory Abbey (© Jean Espirat)
Roof kitchens (© Jean Espirat)Roof kitchens (© Jean Espirat)
  

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