• Abbaye Royale - Tours de l'Abbatiale

  • Abbaye Royale - Tours de l'Abbatiale

Founded in the ninth century by King Pépin of Aquitaine, grandson of Charlemagne, the Abbaye Royale was destroyed by the Vikings at the end of that century, by the English during the 100 Years’ War, and by the Protestants during the Wars of Religion in the 16th century. It was rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries and is a fine example of classical architecture. At the French Revolution, the Benedictine monks left with the rebuilding work of the abbey church incomplete – just the towers. Having been home to a secondary school until the 1980s, it was listed and today houses the multimedia centre, the A4 association, “Le Scorlion” restaurant and the municipal music school. You can visit the abbot’s living room, the monks’ cells and the refectory (now the multimedia centre). The Abbaye Royale is a UNESCO world heritage site because of the connection with the Compostella trails. Only the exterior can be visited; meeting point at the foot of the grand staircase.

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