Daoulas Abbey Ruins

Daoulas, France

The buildings of former Daoulas Abbey - a cloister and a 12th century font, an oratory and a monumental 16th century fountain, together with the 18th century conventual house - are an exceptional tribute to Breton art from the 10th century onwards. It was established by Guyomarch IV de Léon in 1173, but there has been at least a church since the 6th century. The former abbey was raided and looted by Vikings.

Daoulas Abbey was secularized in 1771-1792 and moved as a private property. The abbey has been renowned since 1986 for the quality and originality of its archaeological, historical or ethnological exhibitions organised in collaboration with some of the most known world wide museums. The abbey houses a superb medicinal garden with over 250 species. It is still structured and organised like most middle age/renaissance convent or monastery gardens.

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Founded: 1173
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Tim Seymour (7 months ago)
Tranquil gardens with many medicinal plants and a fascinating exhibition about death as seen by different cultures.
Eddy Allefs (2 years ago)
Well maintained garden. Clean toilets Cafe and souvenir shop Parking nearby. 8 euro entrance fee, its worth it !
Dominique Ricci (2 years ago)
Very nice 3hectares garden with lovely rest of an abbaye. The guide was quite knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. Lovely photo expo. Personally I didn't like the actual pictures but the pictures within the garden was a fantastic initiative ? definitely recommend the visit
Flavia Nunes (2 years ago)
Disappointed by the person at the tourist office at the garden entrance who turned me and my 4-year-old daughter away. My girl had a stomach ache and needed to use the bathroom, and we were told to look for one in town. It’s really a shame to refuse to let a poor child from visiting the WC. Not very friendly for tourists or families.
Raul Buibas (4 years ago)
Beautiful and well organized place. Medicinal garden was really interesting. I visited during the pandemic and was pleased with the hygiene and thoughtfulness concerning distancing and protecting the visitors.
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