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Abbaye de L'Ile Chauvet
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Half way between Châteauneuf and Bois de Cene, situated on an island in the Marais Breton Vendéen
sits a 12th century abbey founded by the Benedictine monks from Absie
in 1130. The monks who arrived by boat choose to build here as there was
fresh water 10 meter underground and there was a plentiful supply of
limestone to build their abbey.
The magnificent doorway of this Romanesque church opens onto the inner courtyard and its original well.
The Monastic buildings of the abbey suffered great damage in 1381 during
the 100 years wars (of the 14th century) and also during the Wars of
Religion of the 16th century when it was burnt in 1588 by Boury
Granville and then occupied by Benjamin de Rohan, duc de Soubise a
reconstruction will not open until 1621.
In 1680 the abbey was restored by nuns of the Camaldolese order,
who remained at the abbey untill 1779. It was sold as a National asset
after the revolution in 1791 to a merchant from Nantes.
Today, the former monastery has interesting architectural remains
including the Benedictine monks' dormitory, the kitchen complete with
bread oven and the cellars. The interesting collection of paintings
together with religious artefacts in the restored dormitory and kitchen
are worthy of a close inspection.
The surrounding area of the Marais Breton offers good walks and a chance to get up close to the flora and fauna of this quiet corner of the Vendée.
Open: 1/7 to 30/09 everyday 13h till 18h.
Tarif: 4.5€ free under 10years.
Photo Gallery of the Abbaye de l'Ile-de-Chauvet
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