Abbaye de Maillezais (Vendée)
Abbaye de Melleray (Loire-Atlantique)
Abbaye Notre-Dame-du-Port-du-Salut (Mayenne)
Abbaye de Solesmes (Sarthe)
Abbaye de Fontevraud (Anjou)
Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l’Autise (Vendée)
Abbaye de l’Epau (Sarthe)
Be amazed by the architectural beauty of the abbeys dotted throughout the Pays de la Loire. In every department, these thousand-year-old religious buildings tell us a part of history by each retaining their own unique qualities. Here's a presentation in pictures.
Isn't it fascinating? Sacred places imbued with spirituality, designed by Man in the Middle Ages to allow for the ascendancy of the soul by moving as close as possible to God, the abbeys have the ability to captivate anyone who looks at or visits them. These grand old dames, some of which have survived throughout the centuries and despite the torments of time and the outrages perpetrated during the Revolution in particular, often have a spectacular and majestic quality, not to mention the fact that most of them are located on exceptional sites.
The Pays de la Loire region has around sixty of them, including the gems we show you here in pictures. Leading the pack is Fontevraud, of course, which is one of the most impressive complexes in Europe, as well as Maillezais and its breathtaking ruins, Notre-Dame-du-Port-Salut and its tranquillity, or Solesmes and its famous sculpted saints...