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Recumbent statues of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England in Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey and Romanesque Kitchens

Fontevraud Abbey has the recumbent statues of Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the only preserved Romanesque kitchens in France

The River Loire and Valley near Saumur

The River Loire and the Grande Levée d’Anjou

La Grande Levée d’Anjou restrains the River Loire, the longest French river and last untamed river of Europe, from flooding its rich alluvial valley

St Maur de Glanfeuil Abbey

St Maur de Glanfeuil Abbey – Loire Valley

St. Maur, a disciple of St-Benedict of Nursia, founded St Maur de Glanfeuil Abbey in the 6th century in the Loire Valley, on the site of a Roman temple

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Apremont castle and park

November 30 2019

Apremont castle, Vendée’s first Renaissance Chateau

The castle of Apremont, today mainly in ruins, was built by a childhood friend of Francois I and was thus the first Renaissance castle of Vendée
Poitevin Marsh waterway

May 30 2018

Poitevin Marsh, the Green Venice

Poitevin Marsh, the second largest wetland in France, is known as Green Venice, a lush green marsh you discover by punts that gently glide on man-made waterways nestled under the tree canopies
Chateau de Commequiers

August 28 2017

Chateau de Commequiers, demolished by order of King Louis XIII

Chateau de Commequiers, the fortress of the Protestant lords of La Tremoille was demolished by king Louis XIII at the end of the Wars of Religion
Moulin de Raire

August 17 2017

Moulin de Rairé, a windmill in constant use since 1555

Moulin de Raire in Sallertaine, a windmill that has constantly turned and been exclusively powered by the force of the wind since its construction in 1555
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