Abbaye Royale de L'Epau, Le Mans City

#4 of 10 in Historic Sites in Le Mans City
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Abbaye Royale de L'Epau was a refuge for a heartbroken queen. Queen Berengaria, wife of Richard the Lionheart, founded the Abbey 1229 at age 59 in an attempt to find peace after a long struggle to keep her inheritance intact. The abbey underwent restoration may times since the 13th century, but often these were interrupted by war and financial hardship; it was eventually completed in 1991. Stroll through the tranquil grounds to admire the modern recreation of a queen’s final respite. The cornices and arches of the ceiling bloom overhead and you'll feel the serenity that Berengaria longed for. You’ll admire the attention renovators gave to the continuity of construction, with the aged stone and warm indoor lighting that make for a contemplative setting.  With our online itinerary creator, Le Mans City attractions like Abbaye Royale de L'Epau can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Visited the abbey with friends. Interesting insight to life in the abbey. We attended one of the services.  more »
  • We took a trip out on the tram from the city centre and were really impressed by the site. Being Cistercian the decor is very simply, but fascinating nonetheless and the stories of how the monks...  more »
  • It has a huge garden. A must see in autumn.
  • Magnificent witness to the history of Le Mans. The lights installed for Christmas were magical. It would be useful, however, to preserve more effectively the places, in particular the conceit and the architectural elements because many children were confounding the places with a recreational park (under the eyes of their parents...)
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