Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, Maine et Loire (49)
Ministry of Culture, Regional Cultural Affairs Department
cost of the works
€ 4 M excl. VAT
The Saint-Benoît infirmary buildings in the Fontevraud royal abbey were built by Éléonore de Bourbon in the early 17th century to the east of Grand-Moûtiers cloister. They are an integral part of the former royal abbey and belong to the State. They have been assigned to the Western France Cultural Centre (Centre culturel de l’ouest) since 1975.
Laid out in a quadrilateral form, the buildings on the southern side were completed in the 18th century. A number of adaptations and modifications took place in the early 19th century following the transformation of the abbey into a prison that was finally closed in 1963.
The works concerned:
– the restoration of all façades and roofs,
– the restoration of the Saint-Benoît chapel and the Priory apartment on the upper floor of the nave, with the restitution of the visit circuit via the mezzanine and the upgrading of the technical equipment,
– the opening of the abbey’s historic sewer system to the public, accompanied by a scenographic presentation; prior to the interior restructuring of the buildings to create the abbey’s “business hub”, including seminar and conference spaces.