St-Florent-le-Vieil Abbey

Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, France

The abbey of St-Florent-le-Vieil was originally established already in the 6th century. It was a strong and wealthy abbey until attacked by Normans several times between 850-853. The abbey was left to decay over centuries until 1637 when monks restored it. It was damaged again during the French Revolution 1790-1793.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Thomas Dorsata (2 years ago)
Emblème du village et des Mauges l’ensemble du Mont Glonne vaut le détour. Perché sur son piton rocheux, surveillant la Loire il faut y monter pour admirer la vallée en contrebas. Les chemins y sont nombreux.
Eric Didelot (2 years ago)
Magnifique Abbaye avec une vue sur la Loire exceptionnelle. Située à Saint Florent le Vieil, petite cité de caractère.
jean claude claude (2 years ago)
Personnel agréable. Dommage que la visite soit écourtée vue l'heure tardive de notre arrivée
Anouch Ka (2 years ago)
Village et lieux apaisants, calme et sérénité sont au rdv! Une belle étape au fil de la Loire, magnifique. ☺
egonneau barbara (2 years ago)
Superbe mariage dans cette magnifique abbaye
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