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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Kadwan (6 months ago)
Large tower, remains of an old monastery. Did not seem to be visitable during our visit
Philippe Chevalier (8 months ago)
The Abbey of Saint Aubin was very important and radiant throughout the west of France, a pity that no mention is made of the Prioriales estates, and in particular that of the commune of Avezé in Sarthe.
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Surcouf 53 (2 years 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.
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