Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

Monastery of Fontevraud

Useful Information

Location: Fontevraud l'Abbaye, east of Saumur
Open: FEB to MAR Tue-Sun 10-17:30.
APR to JUN daily 9:30-18:30.
JUL to AUG daily 9:30-19:30.
SEP to OCT daily 9:30-18:30.
NOV to DEC daily 10-17:30.
Closed 25-DEC.
Fee: FEB to APR: Adults EUR 7, Reduced EUR 5.50.
Groups: Adults EUR 5.50.
MAY to OCT: Adults EUR 8.40, Reduced EUR 6.90.
Groups: Adults EUR 6.90.
NOV to DEC: Adults EUR 7, Reduced EUR 5.50.
Groups: Adults EUR 5.50.
School Class EUR 40, max 35 pupils and 5 teachers.
Guided tour EUR 4, Audioguide EUR 4.
Classification: SubterraneaCellar
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:
Address: Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, BP 24, 49590 Fontevraud l'Abbaye, Tel: +33-241-517352, Fax: +33-241-381544. E-mail: contact
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1101 abbey founded.
1792 Revolutionary order to close all monasteries.
1804 opened as a prison.
1963 prison closed.


The Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud is an extraordinary abbey of impressive size. It is one of the largest historic monastic sites in Europe. It was a double monastery, with a nuns and monks. The monastery has huge underground cellars which are part of the self guided tour.