The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

Fontevraud is located near Chinon, in Anjou. It was built between 1105 and 1116 and it is still impressive with its immense proportions, its architecture and the whiteness of its tuffeau.
The abbey is one of the largest ones in Europe.
Napoleon decided to transform the royal Abbey into a prison in 1804.
It is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today it embodies the ideal city desired by its founder, Robert d’Arbrissel.
The Abbey owes its power to the Plantagenet family and its close ties with Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Visit of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

Discover the recumbent funerary sculptures of the Plantagenet family , Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, their son Richard Lionheart and Isabelle of Angoulême.
Our team invites you to discover this historical heritage.