Abbaye de Fontevraud (5) – The village

There is the charming village of Fontevraud around the Fontevraud Abbey. I didn’t really get to visit it, as I live not too far away, I will be back.

tufa houses
Some village houses made of tufa.

empty house
This one seems has been empty for quite a while, still in good condition.

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summer 2014.

Abbaye de Fontevraud (4) – The limestone

The main construction material of Fontevraud Abbey is limstone (tufa), a typical local material.

“Fresh and bright, the birthplace of the great vineyards, tufa stone sign the cultural identity of the Loire Valley through its castles, abbeys, towns and villages.”

the grand-moutier cloister
The Grand-Moûtier cloister. “The cloister is a place of passage: the whole life of the convent is organized around it.”

garden of grand moutier
Gardens of the Grand-Moûtier.

Inside the abbey church and a detail on it’s wall.

la promeneuse
“The walker in Fontevraud” (La promeneuse à fontevraud). A painting exhibition in one of the Abbey restaurants, by Noëmie Marsily and Carl Roosens.

something to eat
Got something to eat while enjoy the paintings.

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summer 2014.

Abbaye de Fontevraud (3) – The gardens

Serval gardens in the Abbey.

abbess teraces
A corner of the Abbess Teraces.

As today Fontevraud Abbey is a cultural meeting centre, so there are art exhibition all year round. This summer, in one of the Abbey gardens is the animals exhibition, by Grégoire Solotareff, after the film “Loulou, l’incroyable secret”,

gardens of the grand moutier
Looking down to the Gardens of the Grand Moûtier, with “animals” inside.

Two animals and look through an arch to the Gardens of the Grand Moûtier.

gardens of the aps
Gardens of the aps.

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summer 2014.

Abbaye de Fontevraud (2) – The buildings

Fontevraud Abbey was founded by Robert d’Arbrissel in 1101, financed by the local nobles and his success as a preacher.

In 1804, the abbey became state prison until 1963. Today Fontevraud Abbey is a cultural meeting centre.

other side of the church, infirmary on the left
The abbey church (minster church), building on the left is infirmary.

église abbatiale
The main entrance of the church.

cuisines romanes
The romanesque kitchen.

cuisines romanes(près)
Detail of the kitchen roof.

summer 2014.

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Abbaye de Fontevraud (1) – Richard Cœur de Lion

I began from the minster church when I visited Fontevraud Abbey few days ago, where Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheard) and his family were buried.

When Richard the Lionheart (King of England 1189 -1199) came to Fontevraud for the fruneral of his father Henry II Plantagenet (King of England 1154 – 1189), he asked to be buried next to him after his death, although the son and the father had quarrelled continuously. His wish was granted when he died in April 1199.

There are four recumbent figures in the middle of the church: Richard the Lionheard, his parents Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, his sister-in-aw Isabella of Angoulême (wife of his younger brother John Lackland).

Richard Coeur de Lion
Recumbent figures of Richard the Lionheard and Isabella of Angoulême
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Richard the Lionheard, Isabella of Angoulême, in the back, Henry II (right) and Queen Eleanor