ABBAYE ROYALE

Registered and listed sites

11 centuries of history under the open sky. Take a guided tour of the gardens, boiler room, chapter house and refectory. Beaches of the southern Vendée and the hinterland.

Description

The abbey was founded in 682 AD on a limestone islet. Following the Concordat of 1516, it became a royal abbey. A journey through time and the birth of the Marais Poitevin.

11 CENTURIES OF HISTORY UNDER THE OPEN SKY!

In 682, at the request of the Bishop of Poitiers, Ansoald, monks from Noirmoutier came to build the abbey of Saint Michel en l'Herm on one of the limestone islets in the Gulf of Pictons.

It suffered Viking invasions and was destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries. As a Benedictine abbey, it had a rich and eventful history, with alternating periods of misfortune and prosperity, due in particular to the draining work undertaken by the monks on the surrounding marshes and the generosity of Savary de Mauléon, a leading Poitou figure, who turned it into a fortress.

It became a Royal Abbey after the Concordat signed in 1516, and was headed by a number of high dignitaries, including Cardinal Mazarin. But troubled times plunged the abbey into decline, despite the presence of monks from the congregation of St Maur.

No monks lived there after the French Revolution. In 1818, it became private property and has now been in the family for two centuries.

But through the gardens, the chauffoir, the chapter house and the refectory, you can approach history and take a journey back in time to the birth of the Marais Poitevin.

Guided tours only to discover the eventful history of the abbey.

  • Groups accepted ( minimum : 10 - maximum : 20 )
  • Types : historic site and monument

Activities

  • Specific themed events
  • Workshop for children

Languages

  • English
  • French

Booking

Availabilities and booking

Visit

  • Information board languages : German, English

Visits languages

  • French
  • English

Individual

  • Length of visit : 1h (on average)

Groups

  • Length of visit : 1h00 (on average)

Comfort / services

  • Shop

Prices / opening times

Free

  • Full adult price : 6,00 €
  • Discounted rate : 4,00 € - Étudiants, scolaires. Gratuit - 7 ans Journées du patrimoine
  • Group price : 4,00 € - Minimum 10 personnes
  • Price for subscribers : 7,00 € - Forfait visite de l'Abbaye et du musée André Deluol

Means of payment

  • Credit card
  • Cheques and postal orders
  • Holiday vouchers

Opening

Open all year round

From 01 July 2024 to 30 August 2024
DaysSchedule
Lundi 10h00 to 11h00 and 15h00 to 17h00
Mardi 10h00 to 11h00 and 15h00 to 17h00
Mercredi 10h00 to 11h00 and 15h00 to 17h00
Jeudi 10h00 to 11h00 and 15h00 to 17h00
Vendredi 10h00 to 11h00 and 15h00 to 17h00