Abbaye de Fontevraud
The Fontevraud Abbey was founded in 1101 by Robert d’Arbrissel. It became quickly nationally and internationally successful. Thus, the abbey, a place for prayer and simplicity, thanks to the donations of the rich local families, became a monastic city.
As a victim of its success, it was subject to criticism but was also under the Pope protection. As a matter of interest, the abbey was the first one to have abbots and abbess, and was ruled by these latter.
After the French revolution, the abbey was dismantled and the buildings became State properties. Napoleon I, in 1804, turned the abbey into a prison and undertook work to adapt the place to its new purpose.
The Fontevraud Abbey was listed as a French historical monument in 1840. It was closed from 1963 until the late 20th century in order to restore it. Today, the abbey hosts many artistic courses and events as well as a museum.
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28th Jan to 8th Apr: 10am to 5.30pm closed on Monday
9th Apr to 30th Jun: 9.30am to 6.30pm
1st July to 31st Aug: 9.30am to 7.30pm
1st Sept to 3rd Nov: 9.30am to 6.30pm
4th Nov to 31st Dec: 10am to 5.30pm closed on Monday
Simple visit: Normal price: 9€ Reduced price: 6€
Audio tour: Normal price: 13€ Reduced price: 10€
Guided tour: Normal price: 13€ Reduced price: 10€
Children aged 8 to 18: 6€
Children under 8: free
Family pass: 2 adults and 1 to 5 children: 24€
Free for: children under 8, disabled persons, guides
Reduced price for: jobseekers, students
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