Fontaine-Guérard Abbey

Radepont, France

At the beginning of the 12th century, there was a simple priory on the site of current abbey. Around 1190, Robert, Earl of Leicester founded the Abbey of Fontaine-Guérard. The nuns joined the order of Cîteaux in 1207 as Daughter-abbey of Clairvaux, but did not receive Abbey status until 1253. By this date, the buildings we see here were complete; the church was consecrated in 1218. Sold for the “national good”, the abbey was then converted as a cotton mill, and then bequeathed in 1937 to the Salvation Army, whose Foundation even now manages the abbey and its restoration.

Fontaine-Guérard Abbey is considered by specialists as one of the finest examples of the Norman Gothic style, the rigor which takes its Cistercian purity. You will discover the nuns' building (chapter house, workroom, and dormitory) and its superb structure, the church, the original chapel modified at the 15th century and the surprising cave cellar. The gardens, including the medicinal one, are currently being restored. Throughout the tourist season, exhibitions and various workshops take place in these building classified “Historic Monument”, offering you exceptional enjoyment.

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Founded: 1190
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Boris Cansell (8 months ago)
Super lieu. Reposant, énigmatique et historique. Nous avons fait un super escape game dans cette abbaye.
ANTOINE_20 DOURNEL (11 months ago)
A place full of positive energy. Whatever the weather, we are immersed in time and it feels good in these uncertain times. The gardens are a nice surprise of realization especially for for the four elements.
Sycomore (11 months ago)
A place to visit. Peaceful and mysterious. It is a place where you can sit down and imagine the life of the Nuns ... Thank you for opening up to visitors. I would come back to see the evolution of the garden. Brigitte
hilde nicasi (2 years ago)
We only saw it from the outside by the gate. From a distance it looks very beautiful, with its location by a stream. Big lawn in front. It didn't really look like an abbey actually, but more like a beautiful old villa.
Corinne Servais (3 years ago)
Pas très loin de lyons-la-forêt où j'habite, je passe souvent devant et je peux pas m'empêcher de m'y arrêter pour admirer la filature LEVAVASSEUR , cette cathédrale industrielle de style Néogothique anglaise de 96mde long,26 de large et de 38m ,filature de laine,de coton et d'une manufacture de draps. Prendre des photos ,c'est magnifique,l'été commel'hiver,il y a de la magie dans ce paysage si reposant, d'ailleurs j'y suis allée hier.C'était une superbe balade à côté de l'abbaye Notre- dame de Fontaine Guérard. Je pense y retourner
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