Abbeys

Abbayes

Close to many cultural sites welcome you:
The abbey in the heart of Maillezais Poitevin marshes, where Rabelais lived, the royal abbey of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and many Romanesque churches.

Abbey Maillezais

A single case, an abbey cathedral in the middle of a swamp.

Which surrounds the Abbey, these are not the streets of an old city, but the arms of a marsh wetland history. The marsh, it is ubiquitous, you will discover the top of the ruined cathedral, whose imposing ruins arouse your admiration. Kitchen, pantry, cellar salt, mess, let yourself be charmed by the rooms of the abbey convent girl by the dukes of Aquitaine.

Multiple technologies serving a unique heritage.

Stones sound guide your steps and you tell the story of the prestigious Abbey Maillezais.
Capitals, corbels and unique sculptures, admire the masterpieces of stone cutters.
For reconstitution original Abbey emerges from the soil. By raising the towers of the abbey, history and architecture you appear.

Abbey Nieul

At the heart of a small village of Lower Poitou, the beauty of the abbey Nieul look forward to seeing you …

Founded in 1068, the abbey St. Vincent reveals its charms novels and opens the doors of his monastery remarkably preserved. Strolling unhurriedly, admire the beautiful abbey cloister and the only complete novel of the French West.

A museum tour will immerse you in the heart of medieval monastic life.

Abbey Nieul takes you on a unique journey to discover medieval instruments. Enable tactile books and reassemble the bridge of time.

Royal Abbey of Eleanor of Aquitaine

The Abbey of Fontevraud was founded in 1101 by Robert of Albisola. Breton priest, he uses his talents as a preacher through the west and southwest of France from 1098. Preaching the rejection of wealth and humility, it is quickly followed by many disciples, including many women flavored scandal, are former prostitutes, women priests rejected the reform of the Church, but widows Noble ladies also repudiated. Robert concludes that homelessness by installing his cronies in Fontevraud, on the border between Poitou and Anjou. Contrary to the habits and morals of the era, the monastery is well-mixed men and women have separate and respective locations. The new facility is still supported by many bishops, including Bishop of Poitiers, who take under their protection the monastery and get him the recognition of its statutes by the Pope from 1104. That same year, the founding prioress enlisted so that he could continue his preaching, encouraged by Pope Urban II. Weaving through France, he founded twenty priories closely dependent on the parent. Despite protests by monks in particular, in 1115 he decided to put the monastery under the leadership of women and the community entrusts to an abbess, Petronilla Chemillé. He died the following year.

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