Saint-Gildas de Rhuys Abbey

Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, France

The Abbey of Saint-Gildas is dedicated to St. Gildas (c. 500–570) who was a British historian and cleric. He is one of the best-documented figures of the Christian church in the British Isles during this period. According a legend Gildas established the abbey, but there are no written evidences. Buildings were destroyed by Norman raids in the 10th century.

The first known record dates from 1008 when the abbey was restored by the order of Geoffrey I of Bretagne. The new inauguration was held in 1032. The heyday of Saint-Gildas Abbey was in the 11th-14th centuries. During the Hundred Years' War most of the archives were destroyed. The monastery started to decay in the 16th century. The nave of the church collapsed in 1668 when a lightning hit it.

the next restoration took place in the late 1600s. The abbey church was moved as a parish church during the Great Revolution in 1796.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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www.abbaye-de-rhuys.fr

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Carine LECOMTE (5 months ago)
Je ne recommande pas de séjourner à l'abbaye de St gildas: les chambres sont spartiates; les repas insipides: café soluble, pain rassi, légumes congelés, tout cela servis en faible quantité, le tout rythmé par des horaires militaires de repas, sans parler d'une ambiance très autoritaire, et peu empathique... Je ne me suis pas détendue du tout...A fuir...
Joel MARC (6 months ago)
Lieu magnifique et chargé de spiritualité. On ne peut qu'être humble et respectueux d'un tel lieu.C'est très très beau et un bâtiment essentiel de cette ville merveilleuse
YES (6 months ago)
Très jolie, secteur sympa pour e promené
c c (7 months ago)
Ce lieux très original et topique du moiennage
Christophe CHARPENTIER (3 years ago)
Beautiful village church.
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