l'Île-Chauvet Abbey

Bois-de-Céné, France

Abbey of Île-Chauvet is a former Benedictine monastery of the first half of the twelfth century that once took place in the Marches of Brittany and Poitou. It suffered from the Hundred Years War at the end of the fourteenth century, then a major fire in the late sixteenth before being rebuilt in the first half of the seventeenth century. It is sold as national property in 1791 before falling into disuse.

All that remains today is the remains of the original church, including a beautiful porch with four arches resting on small columns with carved capitals. It is also possible to admire the font, two buildings of the twelfth century, and a Gothic well installed in the center of the old cloister. Open to the public during the summer season, it reveals a very beautiful green setting where it is good to stroll on sunny days.

In August, the abbey hosts a very pleasant musical festival.

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Founded: 1130
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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