Beauport Abbey Ruins

Paimpol, France

Beauport Abbey was founded by Alain I of Avaugour in 1202. The heyday of abbey was in the 13-14th centuries and the late 17th century. It was closed down and destroyed during the Great Revolution in 1790. The abbey was sold as private property in 1797 and later to the community of Kérity. The restoration began in 1992 and today it is one of the most important attractions in Brittany.

The different buildings constructed in the 13th century were arranged around the cloister and followed the typical layout adopted by most abbeys of this period. This layout remains visible today. The guest hall, chapter house and cellars are prime examples of Gothic architecture.



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Founded: 1202
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Lynn Whitmore (2 years ago)
At 6€ per adult this is amazing value and large site to discover most of which in good condition for a ruin. Very enjoyable visit indeed. Vaut le détour, un grand site à explorer et découvrir. Merveilleux.
Chris Clarke (2 years ago)
Didn't go into Abbaye as it was very busy. However, did walk around ground and stop for coffee in the tea shop. Both very enjoyable.
Bianca Hobrink (2 years ago)
Great spot! Lovely flowers, well preserved.
Filippo Dal Ben (2 years ago)
Abbey with spectacular bay view, entrance ticket € 6,50 with a small guide in your own language explaining the various areas.
AndresRafael StefaniSucre (3 years ago)
?The Beauport abbey? ⚫Located in the town of Paimpol , northern Brittany , France. ⚫It is one of the most visited abbeys in Brittany and an interesting example of the early use of gothic style architecture. ⚫The abbey was originally founded in the 13th century, overlooking Paimpol Bay and covering an area of almost 125 hectares. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚫It was an influential abbey that controlled extensive lands both in Brittany and in England. ⚫The abbey also had income from local farmers and from trade in Paimpol Bay, so it became quite wealthy for several hundred years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚫The monastery lasted until the French revolution, when it was dissolved (as were all French abbeys) ⚫After that, the buildings were used for various purposes including a Town Hall, a school, a manor house and a cider press.
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