The magnificent Abbey Fontevraud in the Loire; Janine Marsh; The Good Life France

France – The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

The royal Abbey at Fontevraud has to be one of the most beautiful abbeys in all of France – and there are a lot of them. Historic, immense and absolutely magnificent, the UNESCO World heritage site listed abbey is the largest in Europe and is one of those places that you must see when you’re in the Loire Valley. Built in the 12th century, the abbey makes for a most fascinating visit, has gorgeous gardens and a stunning onsite hotel, restaurant and bar.

Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine at Abbey Fontevraud

The Abbey de Fontevraud was the burial place of several of the important Plantagenet family members. Eleanor of Aquitaine died at the Abbey in 1204 and was entombed there alongside her husband Henri II of France who died in 1189 in nearby Chinon.

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