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“Excellent !” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise

Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise
1 Allee du Cloitre, 85240 Nieul-sur-l'Autise, France
0251504300
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: An architectural jewel of exceptional quality, highlighted by a single restauration, opens its doors for a visit between reality and virtuality.Founded in 1068, the abbey was under the protection of the dukes of Aquitaine and became Royal Abbey in 1141 by Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France.The abbey is one of the few monastic complexes intact with its three elements: the church, the convent buildings, and the romanesque cloister entirely preserved
Gent, België
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Excellent !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The monastery-building itself is certainly worth the 5€ entrance fee. On the first floor there is an interactive display about medieval musical instruments. Don not forget the visit the Romanesque abbey church.

Visited April 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Excellent value for 5E. Lots of audio visual displays, some interactive (musical instruments & virtual abbey tour). Make sure to go into the Eleanor d'Aquaitane building.

Visited January 2014
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Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex
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14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“A fabulous visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is one of those places, way off the regular scene, that is so easily missed. And that is a huge pity because, without doubt, this has to be a star attraction of the south Vendee area. It is an ancient abbey but has been so carefully restored and renovated that it seems to glow and spring to life as it tells the story of this huge geographical area. The restoration must have created many happy ghosts!

Don't be misled into thinking that it just another boring old building to drag yourself (and the kids!) around. Far, far from it! It is full of modern, computerised interpretation which effortlessly blends and merges into the old stones. Touch screens in several languages; medieval instruments which spring to life as you approach; lit-up artefacts telling the architecural story; medieval choir stalls which act as individual booths for interactive Apple display systems; a book case which houses mini-figures like the "Borrowers" who explain the rescue of the ancient crumbling abbey. Okay, some is in French (er, which country are we in?) but the over-all effect is stunning. And my rambling review doesn't even mention the monastic herb garden or the abbey church, or the serene cloisters, etc., etc.

Small admission charge. Wonderfully friendly staff who offer guide booklets in English and other languages. Special children's sessions where the kids can dress up in period costume (enquire for details). Toddlers won't get much from it but alert primary children and above should find plenty to interest them. The abbey is not a theme park with all the crass entertainment so implied but it is an intelligent and entertaining visit which will keep most visitors enthralled.

Remarkaby easy parking in the village. An excellent good value bar/restaurant/hotel in the main street just round the corner from the abbey.

This really is a little gem. We have taken many visitors and every one has come away with fond memories of a delightful half day visit. Not to be missed!

Visited July 2013
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Bilbao, Spain
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“Excellent place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

I hardly recommend to visit this place although I would like to recommend the managers of this place to include more English information, specially in the virtual guide.

Visited September 2013
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Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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“Not an average attraction !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We had the pleasure of visiting this Abbey probably three years ago, (altho Trip advisor dates don't let me go back to 2010) and rather foolishly and forgetfully, neglected to make a note of the property details. Hence when the visit came up in conversation recently, it was necessary to do a bit of digging to find it again.

Having done so I urge any Brit family with or without kids, visiting Vendee / Green Venice to seek this one out and spend some time here. You will NOT be disappointed.

The visit is a delight, and full of the unexpected.

To say that the owners have fully embraced modern technology would be to understate the matter. But what they have done will surprise and excite. And NO - I am not going into detail as that would spoil it !!

Suffice it to say that you will not find this technology in any English Heritage/National Trust property.

Visited June 2012
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