Fontevraud abbey, a new look!!!

This is Loire river area in the in the Maine et Loire dept 49 of the Pays de la Loire region to pay a visit to Fontevraud l’Abbaye or the Notre Dame Abbey of Fontevraud!!! I have written before, but found new pictures not in the blog yet and feel they deserve to be shown for this magnificent abbey church, Hope you enjoy it as I.

We are used to see these wonderful monuments in my belle France,  but this one was there for king Richard the Lion Hearted. one of the most important abbey complexes of Europe, at the crossroads of the departments of Maine-et-Loire, Indre-et-Loire and Vienne, as well as the regions  of Pays of the Loire, Centre-Val de Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine.


Made up of 1129 registers and files, from the 12C to 1790, the Fontevraud chartrier is, today, one of the richest collections preserved in France. This wealth, it owes above all to the illustrious past of the abbey, represented at each stage: its foundation, by Robert d’Arbrissel in 1101, and the efforts of the first abbess, Pétronille, to organize around it. an Order which spread over thirty years in more than fifty priories.


Necropolis of the Plantagenets, then the Royal Abbey, it was run for almost two centuries by abbesses, half of them from the royal family of the Bourbons. Abandoned in 1792, the Abbey was transformed into a prison from 1804 to 1963. The monastic complex today consists of two monasteries, a Romanesque kitchen, the 12C Saint-Benoît Chapel, as well as a cloister, a chapter house, and 16C infirmaries. The Saint-Lazare priory dates from the 12C and currently houses a hotel residence.The Fontevraud hotel


Walking through its 13 ha, you will travel through the history and architecture of the place. It was first a monastery ahead of its time at the head of which succeeded 36 abbesses for more than six centuries. The nuns were forced to leave the abbey after the French revolution, which, like many religious monuments, was turned into a prison. It was considered one of the hardest prisons in France. And undoubtedly the most poetic, nicknamed “the prison with 1,001 windows and doors” because of its many arches and stained glass windows. As for the Grand-Moûtier cloister, it has retained its original dimensions and is quite simply one of the largest European buildings of this type.




There is now a new museum in the Fontevraud abbey.  Paintings, drawings and sculptures by 19-20C artists, antiques and objects from Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas … more than 900 works make up the collection of the Musée d’art moderne de Fontevraud or the Fontevraud modern arts museum, The collections of Martine and Léon Cligman, some of which are signed by great artists such as Henri de Toulouse ‐ Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Juan Gris or Germaine Richier. This fund is a donation from the couple to the State, and allocated to the Region: a collection that they have assembled together for more than 60 years and a donation that made possible the creation of this museum unlike the others, proud to have obtained the appellation Musée de France. It opened on May 19, 2021 !!
Over a hundred paintings from the 19-20C, from Camille Corot to Toulouse-Lautrec, from Robert Delaunay, Juan Gris, Georges Rouault to Chaïm Soutine, Jean Fautrier or Bernard Buffet. Nearly 300 works on paper, including several avant-garde inks by Ivan Puni, mannerist drawings by Roger de La Fresnaye and the 36 original illustrations for Petrone’s Satyricon by André Derain. Sculptures by Edgar Degas, André Derain and above all, a remarkable collection of fourteen works by Germaine Richier. 88 spectacular glass works by Maurice Marinot. Ancient and extra-European objects (Mesopotamians, Egyptians and Cycladic, Africans, Oceanians, Asians and Amerindians), among which several remarkable works such as a female figure from a Fang reliquary, American birdstones, an Olmec statuette, a Melanesian tapa. Awesome indeed !! The city of Fontevraud on the museum


The city of Fontevraud l’Abbaye monument abbey/church

The official Fontevraud l’Abbaye :

There you go folks, another dandy in my belle France, This one is tops , and a must to visit me think, Hope you enjoy the post on the Fontevraud l’Abbaye.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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