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13 centuries of history in the open air

Address : 1, Place de l'Abbaye


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Presentation of: ABBAYE ROYALE

It was on an isle formerly named Vieux Condet (condate: confluent) that the Abbey was founded in 682 AD by Ansoald, Bishop of Poitiers, and by a few monks from Hério (Noirmoutier). Completely destroyed by the Normans in 877 AD, it was reconstructed one hundred years later by Ebles, Bishop of Limoges, who was the brother of Guillaume, Count of Poitou.

From the 11th Century on the abbey experienced repetitive periods of misfortune as well as of great prosperity. In 1048, the buildings were once again consumed by fire. In the 13th century Savary de Maulion, a prominent character of Middle Age history, constructed a fortress there. The wealth of the abbey was due especially to drainage undertaken by the monks in the surrounding marshlands.

After the concordat of 1516, Saint Michel en l’Herm became a royal abbey. The main body of the buildings, the refectory and the monks’ pavilion, all of which one can admire today.

If you wish to learn the history we suggest you the guided visits.
Opening times
from 09/04/2019 to 02/05/2019
Opening days: mardi et jeudi à 11h et 15h
from 09/05/2019 to 27/06/2019
Opening days: jeudi à 11h
from 01/07/2019 to 30/08/2019
Monday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00
Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00
Opening days: les lundis mardi jeudi et vendredis à 10h, 11h, 15h, 16h et 17h
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Discounted rate starting from 3€ (Etudiants, scolaires. Gratuit - 7 ans)
Group price starting from 3€ (Minimum 10 personnes)
Child group tarif starting from 3€ (Min 10 personnes)
Full adult price starting from 5€
Price for subscribers starting from 6€ (Forfait visite de l'Abbaye et du musée André Deluol)
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Guided tours on request (individuelles): Yes
Guided tours (individuelles): Yes
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Visit: French, English
Billboards: German, English
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Groups accepted from 10 to 80 persons
Pets not allowed

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