Paimpont Abbey

Ille-et-Vilaine, France

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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Jean-luc Carels (16 months ago)
Appreciated this serenity in the heart of the tumultuous village of pimpont, in a setting of prayer. And just behind, a pretty craftsmen's market that is worth the detour (every Friday).
Josip Jukic (17 months ago)
Very old and spooky place. Creeps me out.
Alessandro Prada (2 years ago)
Very pretty abbey that is worth a visit before going into the Paimpont forest. Inside is the statue of the Madonna.
Никола Шляхта (2 years ago)
Красивая архитектура, уютные улочки с сувенирными лавками и кафе. Но впечатление очень сильно сбивает контраст с современными автомобилями, парковки везде где красиво, фотографии сделать невозможно, чтобы не «зацепить» чей-то авто. В таких местах парковки надо запрещать
Florence T (Florence) (2 years ago)
Bel endroit avec son Abbaye, son étang, forêt de Brocéliande où se trouve le tombeau de Merlin, la fontaine de Jouvence, une rue commerçante. Un marché artisanal était présent, très sympathique face à l'abbaye.
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