Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Cloister At Fontevraud

The abbey at Fontevraud has an impressive cloister. It's quite large and the stone work is impressive. It's called la Cloître Sainte-Marie.

Cheryl admires the cloister garden from the northern gallery.

According to my Michelin Guide, three of the four galleries are covered by renaissance vaults, while the fourth is gothic in style.

A peek at the garden through the arches.

These pictures were taken in 2003 on a visit with our friend Cheryl. We still had our shetland Collette back then, and dogs are not allowed inside the abbey. Since Ken and I had seen the place before, he stayed outside with Collette -- having a glass of wine or two at a café in town -- while Cheryl and I walked through the abbey. What a noble sacrifice!

The cloister garden.

I think we spent about an hour wandering around and taking pictures before heading back out.


  1. These are great photos. I've never been there. Is it fair to say there's not enough time to see everything in the Loire Valley?

  2. More great stuff. I need to learn more, now, about what is typical of Renaissance architecture.
    And, no, Walt, I haven't been to Chinon, either!! If the dollar vs Euro keeps dropping, maybe I will go to France this summer. It will be my 50th birthday, and I deserve a treat.

  3. Wow

    I will have to see it hopefully on our next trip to France to visit the Loire Valley and use the birth place of hubby's grand-father as a very good excuse to plan for that trip :-)

  4. rachael, it depends on what you mean by "time..."

    judy, yeah, 50 is creeping up on me, too.

    beaver, if you've never been, it's worth it!


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