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ABBAYE SAINT PIERRE DE MAILLEZAIS

Maillezais Abbey, the largest historic site in the Marais Poitevin

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Presentation of: ABBAYE SAINT PIERRE DE MAILLEZAIS

Discover the largest site in the Marais Poitevin
and cathedral builders, in the heart of some exceptional remains!
A powerful fortress, a Romanesque abbey and then a Gothic cathedral, Maillezais has shone for centuries in religious, economic and artistic terms.
Overlooking the canals dug by the monks to drain the Gulf of the Pictons, Maillezais stands on an island overlooking the Marais Poitevin, a splendid natural environment that is unique in France.
There's plenty to see and do all year round!

Guided tours all summer long.
Guided tours depart from 10am to 7pm (every day)

Summer events

Rabelais, the extraordinary
François Rabelais, guest of Maillezais Abbey, drew his inspiration from the abbey to set the scene for Gargantua and Pantagruel, alongside Mélusine and Geoffroy de Lusignan.


The marsh sailor
Discover the history of the Poitevin marshes from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Identify the function of the different areas: wet marsh, dry marsh and the Bay of Aiguillon. An immersive and entertaining show.

Goscelme in pursuit of the Beast of the Marsh - BALUDIK,
Public: 6-11 years

Cultural agenda 2024 :
European Heritage Days: 21 and 22 September
Christmas Market 2024: 29, 30 November, 1 December and 6, 7 and 8 December
Opening times
from 13/04/2024 to 28/04/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Opening days: Ouvert tous les jours durant les vacances scolaires
from 29/04/2024 to 30/04/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Closing days: Fermé le mardi
from 01/05/2024 to 05/05/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00
Friday from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00
from 06/05/2024 to 12/05/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 19:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00
Friday from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00
from 13/05/2024 to 17/05/2024
Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
from 18/05/2024 to 20/05/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
Monday from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00
from 22/05/2024 to 31/05/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 18:00
from 01/06/2024 to 30/06/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
Monday from 10:00 to 18:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 18:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00
Friday from 10:00 to 18:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00
from 01/07/2024 to 31/08/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00
Monday from 10:00 to 19:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 19:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 19:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00
Friday from 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00
from 01/09/2024 to 18/10/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Closing days: Fermé le mardi
from 19/10/2024 to 03/11/2024
Sunday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Monday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00
Opening days: Ouvert tous les jours durant les vacances scolaires
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Site theme
Abbey
Ruins and remains
Site category
Registered and listed sites
Architectural style of the site
Medieval
Prices
Full adult price from 6.00€ to 8.00€
Price for large families from 18.00€ to 22.00€
Discounted rate from 4.00€ to 6.00€ (Porteur d'une carte d'invalidité de plus de 26 ans, demandeurs d'emploi...)
Children's price from 4.00€ to 5.00€ (De 12 à 25 ans)
Children's price starting from 0.00€ (Gratuit pour les moins de 12 ans)
Payment methods
Credit card
Cheques and postal orders
Holiday vouchers
Visits
Free tours (individuelles): Yes
Guided tours on request (individuelles): Yes
Guided tours (individuelles): Yes
Average duration of visit (individuelles) : @duration of visit
Free tours (groupes): Yes
Guided tours on request (groupes): Yes
Average duration of visit (groupes) : @duration of visit
Visit languages
Visit: French, English
Billboards: French
Access map, location
Motorway: 12 Km
Marais Poitevin: 0 Km
Spoken language
English
French
Facilities
Picnic area
Services
Shop
Wifi access
Further information
Groups accepted starting from 15 persons
Pets not allowed
Visible point of interest without tour
SHOOTVIDEO
(c) D Fugère
copyright D Fugère
Pascal Baudry

Other: Patrimoine religieux

ABBAYE ROYALE

SAINT-MICHEL-EN-L'HERM

The abbey was founded in 682 AD on a limestone islet. Following the Concordat of 1516, it became a royal abbey.