The historical Romanesque abbey founded around 800AD is located in the Vienne, 50km east of Poitiers in the heart of Poitou. By the ninth century it was one of the major abbeys in the region. The abbey was rebuilt in the 11th century and extended further more in the 13th century. Today, you can still see the remarkable preservation of 11th and 12th century murals and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The abbey also houses Europe’s largest collection of Romanesque paintings. If you’re looking for stunning views of the beautiful abbey, these can be found from the bridge crossing the river where you can see the Romanesque building towering over surrounding buildings and the river.
Entry to the abbey is free but there is a 6 Euro charger to visit the museum in the 17th century Monk’s Building. Within the museum you can find Romanesque art history with models, interactive terminals films and dioramas. You should understand however that this is all in French.