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July 20th, 2010
Fontevraud-l'Abbaye 490140 49590
Maine-et-Loire Pays de la Loire
47.182 0.046 80 m

The chapter house, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

One view.
Other view.

In the abbey, the cloister brought the sisters to the chapter house or chapter room, where under the authority of the abbess a chapter of the rule was read, where the decisions concerning the abbey were discussed, where were distributed the daily tasks, where the failures with the rule were denounced and distributed the sanctions consequently.

Founded in 1101, on lands given by the ecclesiastical authority, by the monk Breton reforming Robert d'Arbrissel, abbey of Fontevraud, of style Gothic from Angers, was erected in abbey and necropolis royal by Henri II Plantagenêt king of England, independent of all monastic orders, but of benedictine inspiration, whose monks and sisters were directed as of its foundation by 36 abbesses, of 1115 to 1792, of which more half were of royal blood, in chastity, obedience, silence, poverty. It was the most powerful abbey of France, and one of vastest of Europe.
Life of Robert of arbrissel.
Women of Robert d'Arbrissel.

There was a set of four monasteries, three monasteries for the nuns, a monastery for the monks:
_ Sainte-Marie, which accommodated girls of aristocratic origin intended for the prayer.
_ Holy-Marie-Madeleine, which gathered women intended for the work of intendance, the sisters converse.
_ Saint-Lazare, where nuns nurses dealt with the patients.
_ Saint-Jean de l'Habit, which was away from others, the monastery reserved to the men.

In the Fontevraud royal abbey, of 12th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th centuries, in the Fontevraud abbey church, built from 1105 to 1160, are royal tombs, funerary statue XIIth century of Henri II Plantagenêt king of England died at Chinon in 1189, and the funerary statue XIII century of his wife Aliénor d'Aquitaine died at Fontevraud in 1204.

After the French revolution, Napoleon the First made in 1804 the abbey a prison, which remained until 1963. The abbey is classified historic building since 1840, and is registered with the world patrimoine of UNESCO since 2000 with the whole of the cultural site of the Val of Loire.

The romanesque cookhouse of Anjou of the 12th century, in the Royal Fontevraud abbey, of the 12th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th centuries.
Stone construction, of octagonal form comprises multiple chimneys and a roof in fish scales, typical of the Romanesque art of Poitou.

FONTEVRAUD-L' ABBEY is a french commune, located in the department of Maine-et-Loire of the area of the Pays de la Loire, populated of 1523 Fontevristes in 2007, distributed out of 14.8 km², that is to say 102.8 hab/km².

The village belongs to the Val of Loire, in the middle of the vineyards of the Saumur-Champigny and of the natural Parc regional Loire-Anjou-Touraine.

My images of Fontevraud-l'Abbaye.
My images of the Loire river valley.

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