Fontevraud L’Abbaye is a commune in the Maine et Loire department in the Pays de la Loire region. The town is instantly recognisable as it is dominated by the vast, ancient abbey which has been standing since the very beginning of the 12th century.
Fontevraud l’Abbaye is situated 60 minutes from Angers and Tours, both of which have an international airport and a train station with services going directly to Paris.
The majority of the abbey was built between 1105 and 1160 with chapels and other buildings appearing over the ages’.
Between the 12th and the 19th century, the abbey at Fontevraud was the most powerful in France and it has long been considered one of the largest monastic settlements in Europe. Famously, 2 Plantagenet Kings of England were laid to rest there, Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine as well as Richard I of England.