These are images of the Abbey at Fontevraud, near Chinon in the Loire Valley. The place is well worth a visit if you're in that area. It's quite a distance from us, though (about 2 hours by car), so we don't get over there often.
Fontevraud might be best known as the final resting place of King Henry II Plantagenet, his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and one of their sons, Richard the Lionhearted. I think that, at least, parts of their bodies are buried there. When Henry was King of England, he spent a lot of time at Chinon. If you've seen the film "Lion in Winter," Chinon is where it takes place.
The abbey church itself, originally built in the twelfth century, has been spectacularly restored, as has the entire complex. The cloister is magnificent. There is so much to see.
For now, I'll tease you with some of the exteriors.
Cold, gloom, and rain
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