10 good reasons to come to Fontevraud

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1/ VISIT EUROPE’S LARGEST ABBEY

An exceptional monument that words cannot do justice to.
The Royal Abbey’s architectural unity, its abbey church and main cloister … 
these stones stir the emotions.

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2/ DISCOVER BREATHTAKING ARCHITECTURE

The Abbey will astound you: its beauty, its majestic size, and at its centre,
its extraordinary Romanesque kitchens,
just one of the details that stick in visitors’ memories.

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3/ MEET ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE

At this unique historic site, not for nothing is the Abbey known as Royal.
Don’t miss the reclining effigies of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lionheart.

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4/ RETIRE QUIETLY!

Far from the hustle and bustle, surrounded by its vast 13 hectares of parkland,
the Royal Abbey breathes calm and serenity.
A perfect refuge for recharging your batteries for a few hours … or a few days.

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5/ LONG LIVE CULTURE IN ALL ITS DIVERSITY!

Fontevraud Royal Abbey lives and breathes culture, all cultures, all year round:
concerts from rock to baroque, exhibitions and conferences,
artists’ residencies and children’s workshops …

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6/ TASTE THE ART OF LIVING

Thanks to chef Thibaut Ruggeri’s (Bocuse d'or 2013) ‘haute cuisine’,
Fontevraud Le Restaurant is a place to rediscover local flavours,
accompanied by the wines of the Loire Valley.

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7/ SPEND A NIGHT AT THE ABBEY

Experience your Fontevraud adventure over one
or several nights thanks to a stay at Fontevraud L’Hôtel.
A place where monastic past and modern design complement one another perfectly.

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8/ ENJOY THE LOIRE VALLEY

Fontevraud belongs to an extraordinary area of France, a UNESCO world heritage site: the Loire Valley.
The Royal Abbey makes the perfect base
for visiting the chateaux of the Loire or for cycling along the banks of the river.

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9/ FUTURE LIVING

Established in 1101, the Royal Abbey is nonetheless at the cutting edge
of a modernity that goes beyond fleeting fashions,
notably our use of digital technologies, our environmental concerns, our investment in design

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10/ FAMILY TIME

A visit to Fontevraud is for all the family, with something for everyone.
 Our programme includes themed visits, games, workshops,
performances and exhibitions for all ages.