Address Abbaye de Nouaillé-Maupertuis 34 Rue de l'Abbaye, 86340 Nouaillé-Maupertuis, France

The Abbaye de Nouaillé-Maupertuis was founded at the end of the 7th century. It is by wanting to move away from Poitiers that the monks settled near a river, the Miosson.

Looking for peace and quiet, the monks of Saint-Hilaire de Poitiers moved about fifteen kilometers away from the city. Finding the area to their liking, they founded their abbey, first attached to their former order, then independent from the beginning of the 9th century.

At the same time, the monks decided to change the name of the institution to that of Saint-Junien, founder of the Poitevin monastery of Marié-Lévescault. His tomb is, moreover, integrated into the crypt of the church whose sarcophagus, with its exceptional painted decoration, is visible today at the back of the choir.

After the French Revolution, the abbey became a parish church, a function that is still performed today. Classified as a historical monument in 1846, 1945 and 1957, it is still possible to see its moat, its ramparts and towers, vestiges of the 13th century fortifications.

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