Located on Le Chateau d'Olonne coastline, the Saint-Jean d'Orbestier abbey was built during the 12th century, at the instigation of the Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou, Guillaume IX, on a 2000 acres domain. This monument currently being restored is an example of an important Benedictine monastry between the 12th and 18th century. As many others, it enjoyed greatness, prosperity before destruction. Richard Lion Heart contributed to the influence of the monastry by confiming the privileges granted to the Orbestier monks by his great-grand-father Guillaume IX and by making the Orbestier forest his favourite hunting ground. Open during the European Heritage days, on 15 & 16/09/18.
Guided tour (in French) of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier Abbey : Visit of the exterior site as part of the guided tours organised by the Heritage and Archives Service of the Chateau d'Olonne town. Free admission, by reservation only, and according to availability. In July and August.
Guided tour (in French) of the abbot's dwelling and art deco stairs of the old preventorium : Erected by the Saint Jean d'Orbestier Benedectine monks community, this dwelling features remarkable XVth century decorations. Meeting point outside the abbey. Free admission, by reservation only, and according to availability. In July and August.
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