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Maillezais Abbey

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Extremely impressive, well worth a visit

We visited the abbey whilst staying in nearby Vix. It is extremely impressive and very photogenic... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Pleasant day out with friends

We visited the abbey whilst in Maillezais for the day. Combined with the Embarcadère de l’Abbaye... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2018
Walsall, United Kingdom
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Discover the largest site of the Marais Poitevin and cathedral builders in the heart of exceptional remains! Fortress, cathedral and abbey, the Benedictine Abbey St Pierre founded 1000 years ago by the powerful Duke of Aquitaine William the Great...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Rue de l'Abbaye, 85420 Maillezais, France
+33 2 51 53 66 80
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

We visited the abbey whilst staying in nearby Vix. It is extremely impressive and very photogenic with the lavender gardens in the foreground. We found the site really interesting and it’s well worth a visit. We finished with a lovely lunch in the auberge opposite,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

We visited the abbey whilst in Maillezais for the day. Combined with the Embarcadère de l’Abbaye marsh boat trip. Both are well worth the visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

I recommend you to go for the visit at 10.30, it last around 60 minutes, and then watch the small act called Le Marin des Marais, it last around 30 minutes and finish with the 15 minutes movie. Cost for the wall visit is 7...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

We were taken to visit this French Xmas market by our French friends. We were rugged up looking at the various stalls offering locally made products and food. Stopping to taste some of the uyvarious foods and washing them down with vin chaud / mulled...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Powelly61
Reviewed December 6, 2017

The best Christmas faire by far, well worth travelling a fair distance to visit. Very authentic, fireworks, artisans, the only criticism is there is nowhere to sit down for tea or coffee after 6pm when the cafe closes.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Jan T
Reviewed September 5, 2017

We visited on a Sunday and it got very busy in the afternoon - so best go early but I would recommend staying for the afternoon performance (check for times) - this is entirely in French but very entertaining! It is a site steeped in...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

Very Nice visit. The Group Got their own Smartphone and 3D virtual glasses and especially the children liked that

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank veilgaard
Reviewed July 2, 2017

This was an interesting visit alongside the boat trip next door. Great views from tower. Only complaint was that picnics were not permitted inside (although there is picnic space next to the carpark which is pleasant).

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank JHtrip
Reviewed October 30, 2016

Well worth the €6 entrance fee. Apparently it was the monks from this abbey who started the reclamation of the surrounding marshes and cut the canals. There's a tremendous viewpoint from the top of the remaining tower which is accessed by the spiral staircase. Most...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Richard T
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Amazing water lilies in the parking lot outside the entrance. Enjoyed our walk around the ruins, reading the guide book as appropriate. Amazing to learn how the abbey flourished for over 500 years thanks to canal building and pilgrims. Claimed the tower with lovely view...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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