Abbaye de Nieul sur l'Autise
At the Eastern end of the Plaine on the edge of the Marais Poitivin stands the Royal Abbey of Nieul-sur-l'Autise, more correctly known a l'Abbaye Saint Vincent, which was built in 1068 and is one of only a few monastic complexes in the Poitou region that still has the three main elements of a church, cloisters and monastic buildings intact.
In the X11 century the abbey was granted the status by Eleanor of Aquitaine then Queen of France, of "Royal Abbey."
The Romanesque cloister is the only one in Western France that remains in one piece.
There is a discovery trail  centred on monastic life with touch books and state of the art museum technology.
Now open the Maison d'Alienor: A virtual tour by leading characters from Nieul-sur-L'Autise's History

Events: L'Art en Gouter: concert and talks with refreshments.
Les Jeudis de St. Jacque: every Thursday (July-Aug) a voyage through history with music.
Tours in period costume for children 5-9.
Les Festival des Abbayes: Classical and sacred music (May-June)
Nieul Village de Lumiere: open evenings 4-8th August 2009.
New evening event at Christmas.

Opening times:
From October to April: daily from 9.30 to 12.30 am and from 1.30 to 6.00 pm
From May to September: daily from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
Closed the last three weeks in January.
Tarifs: Adult: 5 €
Concessions (students, disabled persons, unemployed): 3 €
Free for children under 18

View the Video on the Abbaye Royale

Photo Gallery of the Abbaye Nieul-sur-l'Autise

For further details on the abbey and the other attractions around the village go to Nieul-sur-l'autise.

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