Montreuil-Bellay Things to Do
Nowadays, Montreuil-Bellay has three industrial estates south of the ancient ramparts, ensuring a high level of employment in the area. Its horticultural college has a large viticulture section running training courses for workers from the hundreds of surrounding vineyards and winning medals for its wines.more
The Château de Montreuil-Bellay was first erected on the site of a Gallo-Roman village high on a hill on the banks of the Thouet River.The property, consisting of more than 400 hectares (1,000 acres), was acquired by a Bellay family member in 1025 but was seized by a Plantagenet during the second half of the 1100s. After the defeat of the English...more
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Now I am going to make your mouth water!
It was lunch time when we finished our tour of Fontevraud Abbey, and as we weren't feeling that hungry, we decided on a late morning tea.
The Patisserie, right by the Abbey entrance had an amazing display of "fattening" food. The choice was hard to make, but we both ended up with what is in my photo, and I can tell you, it was delicious!
The last photo shows where the Patisserie is locatedRelated to:
- Food and Dining
Montreuil-Bellay Off The Beaten Path
Located just outside the Abbey, it the ancient church of St. Michel, built around 1170. It was open, so I could go inside for a look. Two heads carved into the vault of the choir near a rib are supposedly those of Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Also of notice, is the pure gold alter piece that was originally located in the Abbey.The...more
This was my favorite piece of architecture in the Abbey. The roof had a byzantine style cupola and fish-scale pyramid roof that looked like a Beehive to me! It dates back to 1105 - 1160, and was restored in the early 20th century. A lantern was added to each chimney.It is now known to have been a kitchen or a smokehouse, based on comparison with...more
Favorite thing: 16kms south of Saumur and overlooking the beautiful River Thouet, Montreuil-Bellay is the last fortified town in the Anjou, retaining almost all of its medieval walls.
The earliest fortifications date back to the early 11th century, the present château buildings having been added in the 13th to 15th centuries. The neighbouring collegiate church, nowadays the parish church, also dates from the 15th century.
In the years prior to the French Revolution, the town had an important administrative function (subsequently transferred to Saumur) which accounts for the number of fine houses in the town. Many of these have been restored during the last few years, encouraged by local grants aimed saving France's ancient heritage.
Fondest memory: I just yearned for a day when there were clear skies (never happened) so I could get a special shot of the reflection of the castle in the River Thouet but in the end what you see is what I got.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel