Paimpont Abbey was originally built by the King of Dumnonia in the 7th century, probably around 630 AD. It was destroyed by Vikings in the 9th century. The construction of current abbey building was started in 1199. The present buildings are works from the 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th century. Paimpont Abbey was closed down during the Great Revolution in 1790, but several buildings have survived. The Abbey is home to many fine treasures, like a statue of Our Lady of Paimpont, the golden reliquary hand of Saint Judicael and a carved ivory Christ.

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Founded: 1199
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Frédéric Leblanc (20 months ago)
Très bel endroit et très beau village au coeur de la forêt de Broceliande malheureusement sans pistes cyclables
Nicolas Klein (20 months ago)
Joli coin avec de belles promenades et un bourg avec du charme
DURDANT Joël (2 years ago)
Un lieu magique qu'il faut voir. On peut y faire de belles balades. À voir et à revoir.
Marvick TYSON (2 years ago)
PRINCIPAL POLE D'ACTIVITE DE PAIMPONT cet endroit regroupe à lui seul un bar avec une magnifique terrasse et de confortables fauteuils en plein centre de cet petit village au milieu de la forêt de brocéliande, et un restaurant avec terrasse couverte donnant sur le lac. Le maître des lieux officie lui même à l'élaboration de merveilleuses grillades aux vues de la clientèle. Je vous recommande ses brochettes qui vous seront servies .....Je ne vous en dit pas plus et je vous laisse le plaisir de la découverte. Il faut dire que le propriétaire est également traiteur et élève ses propres bêtes. L'origine et la qualité de la viande vont donc de pair. Il manque une étoile car le service était un peu dépassé et confus malgré la serviabilité du personnel. JE LE RECOMMANDE VIVEMENT
Denis Hodister (2 years ago)
Très joli bâtiment qui reçoit les lumières du soleil couchant . Cette abbaye dans ce joli village de Paimpont au coeur de la forêt de Brocéliande est un super lieu de séjour pour les randonneurs en recherche de lieux mystique .
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