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Historice Abbey

Large historical abbey, the burial location of Henry 2nd and Richard 1st of England. Detailed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Neil S
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Retford, United Kingdom
Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II

We went here to see the effigies of Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
cmayfield510
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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Founded in 1101 on the intersecting borders of three regions, Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, Fontevraud Abbey is the largest surviving monastic complex from the Middle Ages. At the heart of the Abbey Church, the reclining effigies of Eleanor of...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is an excelent property but unfortunatelly not a good place to stay in hot summer. The missing A/C in the rooms make our stay here unpleasant. Like I say, a beautifull place, but to be avoided in hot summer.More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear guests, We thank you for sharing your opinion on TripAdvisor. You stayed in our hotel during a historical heat wave. A temperature of more than 35°c for more than 7 days does not reflect our normal climate. The average temperature is normally about 23°C...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large historical abbey, the burial location of Henry 2nd and Richard 1st of England. Detailed information available for all areas of the abbey. Unique wall paintings, pleasant grounds. Refreshments available.

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Neil, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Kind regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here to see the effigies of Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II and left here thinking what a beautiful place it was. We enjoyed the visit overall, but there were several parts of the Abbey that were closed to tourists....More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear guests, We thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We know how frustrating can be the fact to have some spaces closed. The works have to be done to maintain the site beautiful and safe. Despite of the works, 95% of the domain...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cloisters were very beautiful but too many screens and empty display boxes in the area of the altar. However the quiet and beauty of the cloister gardens were lovely and quite emotional in places when you read the history of the Abbey, very well...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear guests, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. The choir space is currently unused. We are developing a new mediation pending the installation, in November, of a ceramic exhibition for Christmas in Fontevraud. Since 9th June, an exhibition about the place...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took a group of mature historians to visit the abbey. I pre booked and the staff were very helpful and efficient. I had visited in the 1980s and I found the abbey visit had improved immensely over the years. My group particularly wanted to...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear guests, We thank you for having published your experience on TripAdvisor. The kitchen are closed because we are starting the work to restaure it. Nothing really important has been done since the beginning of the 20th century, reason why we have to do a...More

Reviewed 14 June 2018

We are so relieved that this was not our first visit, but are so sad for visitors in the 2018 season. It would appear that there has been an en mass decision to restore aspects of Fontevraud. Sadly this means large areas are screened off...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Amanda, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your second visit of Fontevraud Abbey.. In 1975, Fontevraud became a cultural centre dedicated to artistic creation. The works of art exhibited arouse either positive or negative emotions. They are part of the...More

Reviewed 14 June 2018

The Abby Fontevraud is amazing! The expansiveness of the structures are breathtaking and the history is interesting and somewhat curious. Once could and should spend hours viewing and attempting to understand life in the Abby over the years it was in operation and also during...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear guests, We thank you for sharing your enthusiastic opinion on TripAdvisor. In few days, the screens broadcasting a large amount of information in French and English will back along the visit tour. Best regards. Olivier Châble

Reviewed 9 June 2018

The simplicity of it is staggeringly beautiful and very moving to see the images of Alienor of Aquitaine and her family embedded in the knave of the Abbaye. Totally delightful cloisters and surroundings.More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Dear guests, We thank you for having shared your opinion on TripAdvisor. Since 9th June, an exhibition about the place of the women in the 17th century is opened. An original way to understand the strong power and the high influence the Abbess of Fontevraud...More

Reviewed 7 June 2018

Recently visited this Abbaye, as part of a long French holiday, it's beautiful..as is almost everything you see in the Loire Valley. It is full of beautiful stone work, historical artefacts and magnificent architecture. Worth the visit, and the town it's in is also beautiful.More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Dear Kenny, We thank your for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Another original way to discover Fontevraud Abbey is to spend a night in his hotel inside the monument. Our guests are free to wander in the gardens and buildings night and day. Kind...More

Reviewed 3 June 2018

Four abbeys within the walled compound. The burial place of Richard the Lionheart, his mom (Eleanor of Aquitaine) and dad (Henry II) and a cousin. Transformed into the most notorious prison in France by Napoleon and funcitioning as such until 1963. Now all spiffed up...More

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Olivier C, Responsable relations publiques at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2018

Dear Cynthia, Dear Mark, We thank you for having shared your experience on TripAdvisor. Best wishes. Olivier Châble

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Paris. We picked a car at Charles De Gaulle (Hertz) and drove to Amboise where we stayed for four days as we toured the Loire Valley by car. Left the car in Tours and caught the train back to Paris. Did not have any real... More
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there are many guided tours daily I am not sure if there a tour from Bordeaux, probably not as this is far from bordeaux all the best and enjoy your stay
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Good morning, The Fontevraud Hotel has its own private parking for its guests. GPS : 38 rue Saint-Jean de l'Habit 49590 Fontevraud After buzzing the gate, just ask some help to the receptionists for your luggage... More
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