I'Abbaye de Fontevraud

by Buster Bruce July. 26, 2019 110 views

I love this quiet place and was fortunate to find it while visiting the chateau region of France. Around 150 mi SW of Paris where the Vienne river joins the Loire river is the sanctuary Abby of Fontevraud, France. Famous for the sarcophagus of Richard the Lionhearted, this quaint Abby has existing for centuries with a history well worth a peruse.

Romanesque structure

Romanesque structure

Abby

Abby

In the 12th century, Fontevraud Abbey was located in an area of France that was then in the possession of the King of England, and the British rulers of the time were great benefactors of the abbey. Eleanor of Aquitaine made Fontevraud Abbey her place of residence following the deaths of her husband, King Henry II, and son, the legendary King Richard the Lionheart, and all three were buried at the abbey, as were several other British royals.

Monastery

Monastery

Court Yard

Court Yard

Construction of the Romanesque structures of the abbey, which today remain architectural marvels, started in 1110, and additions continued throughout the 12th century. It has been rebuilt and restored over the years and served a variety of functions. After a steady decline over centuries, the order was finally dispersed in the late 18th century, during the French Revolution. In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte made it a prison, a shift that resulted in the structure’s preservation, though adjustments had to be made to increase the number of prisoners it could hold. It remained a prison until 1963.

Walking within the grounds

Walking within the grounds

Masterpiece structure

Masterpiece structure

Wall mural inside the Abby of the Crucifixion

Wall mural inside the Abby of the Crucifixion

Quaint cafe near the Abby

Quaint cafe near the Abby

Secrets of the side streets

Secrets of the side streets

Neighborhoods near the monastery

Neighborhoods near the monastery

Right: Tomb of Sir Richard

Right: Tomb of Sir Richard

Founded in 1100 as a double monastery where monks and nuns lived side by side, this expansive abbey in France is the unlikely home of the tomb of one of the most legendary English kings, Richard the Lionheart.

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Fascinating series!

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Buster Bruce Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Jay- a quiet thoughtful place

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Jay Boggess Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months, 3 weeks ago

+1 grinning +1 
My pleasure!

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Björn Roose 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I actually had no idea that Lionheart was burried in nowadays France. Thanks for the history lessons, Buster. smile

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Buster Bruce Replied to Björn Roose 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I too only knew about Lionheart because I went there. So much French English history with back and forth wars.

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