11 centuries of open-air history. Guided tour to discover the gardens, the cooker, the chapter house and the refectory. South Vendée beaches and retro-littoral.
On the site of the first Benedictine monastery (middle 7th century) founded by St Philbert de Noirmoutier. Ravaged by the Normans in 853 and 877, burned down by the Count of Poitou in 1068 (condemned by the Pope to rebuild the church).
It is thought that the original church was built on this site towards 1200. It was restored during the 17th century (choir) and at the beginning of the 2Oth century. Free access all day long. Tour (in French) of bell-tower : Discover the vaulted ceilings and bells. From the top, admire the beautiful panoramic view over the marshland. Free visit : 3€/adult, 2€/4-12 years old. Guided tour : 5€/adult, 3€/4-12 years old. Free visit daily in July and August 10 am - 12.30 pm and 4-6.30 pm. Guided tour on Thursday from June to August at 2 pm.
The Abbey has been a listed building since 1946. A congregation of Benedictine monks settled there in 1979
Ancient commandery of Templars it was built in 1130 by Hugues de Payens, founder of the Order.
Of the monastery of 1130, all that remains is the roofless church (classified). The entrance porch is adorned with carved four curves resting on small columns with carved capitals.
This church in the transitional style between early and classical romanesque was declared a historical monument in 1908.