Abbey of Saint Aubin

Angers, France

Largely rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries, Saint Aubin’s old monastic buildings are now local government offices. On the left of the courtyard, you will see through the bay windows the cloister’s beautiful Romanesque gallery with its finely worked sculptures.



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Founded: 966
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Natacho de Fautereau (7 months ago)
Surcouf 53 (8 months ago)
The Saint-Aubin tower The bell tower of the Saint-Aubin abbey is less old than its adjoining abbey. It was erected in the 12th century. It dominates the city of Angers from its 54 meters high. In the Middle Ages, the Saint-Aubin tower served as a watchtower. This tower alone formed a small fortress with loopholes and wells. Like other abbey towers from the same period, it was erected outside the abbey itself. With the ravages of time and the various successive occupations and multiple uses, the tower ended up falling into ruin. During the 19th century, the belfry, the campanile and the roof were destroyed. It later became a plumb tower for the manufacture of shotguns. In 1862, the Saint-Aubin tower was classified as a historic monument. Other successive protections, by classification or registration (classifications in 1901, 1904, 1968; registration in 2007) will complete this first classification. In the first half of the twentieth century, it housed the Museum of Industry, then a meteorological observatory. Nowadays, it hosts temporary artistic exhibitions.
DonMontecristo4 (2 years ago)
Big tower in the city center. It cannot be visited.
Paul Pérucaud (2 years ago)
It dominates the city from the top of its 54 meters. Bell tower built in the 12th century, it was attached to the oldest abbey in Anjou, Saint-Aubin abbey, founded in the middle of the 6th century. It was a particular tower, with 4 bells and much higher than the bell tower of the abbey. Fortified tower that could serve as a refuge, it was isolated from the abbey as was often the case at the time of its construction. It will occupy multiple functions after the revolution of 1781 until its classification as Historic Monuments. The remaining buildings of the abbey are today an integral part of the prefecture. The ground floor is now used as an exhibition hall for contemporary visual artists; nice exhibitions in a pleasant setting with free entry. A commission selects the artists on file during semi-annual meetings. During my visit the chosen artist was Jacques Dorient who exhibited "Quantum Art"
Ilario Bonomi (3 years ago)
Grandiose bell tower of a cathedral now disappeared, which had dimensions comparable to those of the cathedral of Cluny (therefore gigantic). Today it remains rather battered, but its grandeur bears witness to a glorious past.
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