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This Website is built with Bluevoda from Vodahost
south of Les Herbiers in the quiet of the countryside on the edge of
the forest park of Soubise, the Benedictine monks of Saintonge founded
this abbey in 1130. It quickly became prosperous, and was strengthened
during the Hundred Years War to resist the English in 1372.
In the mid-sixteenth century, during the Wars of Religion the abbey was
pillaged and sacked three times. After the Revolution the abbey was sold
as a national assist, the abbey became a quarry and the chapter house
and cloisters a farm.
Classified as a historical monument in 1946, it remains partially
restored and since 1979, a small monastic community has returned.
There are still a few remaining structures which include the west
gallery of the Romanesque cloister, with its small semicircular arches
and double columns with a wooden balcony that was added in the 17th
century. The east wing is intact with the chapter house in the
centre which has been converted into a chapel. Along with
the 3 apses of the transept of the abbey church and two defensive
towers to the south, including one, called Tour of the Abbot which was
restored in 2001.
The grounds and the chapel are open to the public.
Open everyday 9h to 17h.30
Tariff: 2€ under 18's Free
Photo gallery of the Abbaye de la Grainetiere
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