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July 22nd, 2009
Fontaine-le-comte 860100 86240
Vienne Poitou-Charentes
46,526 0,264 116 m

An abbey from Poitou, Fontaine-le-Comte

One view. A conventual buiding.
Other view. The nave of the church.

The Fontaine-le-Comte abbey 12th 15th centuries.
The church des 12th 15th siècle, the lodging house of the prior of the 14th century.

The Romanesque church built on a cruciform plan, consists among others, by a very sober, long nave of 53 m, wide of 19 m and by a semicircular apse, bent in bottom-de-four. The transept is surmounted by a square bell tower.

It was established, between 1126 and 1136. A community of regular canons lived according to the règle de Saint-Augustin, that is an austere life, with the practice of the pastoral tasks.

The abbey prospered until the French revolution in the 18th century in spite of the destructions of the Hundred Years War in 14th 15th centuries and the religious wars of the 16th century.

FONTAINE-LE-COMTE is a french commune, located in the department of Vienne of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 3449 Fontenois in 2007, distributed out of 18.7 km², that is to say 184.8 hab/km².

The abbey, near the springs of the brook Feuillante, on lands given by the count of Poitou, gave its name to Fontaine-le-Comte.

My images of Fontaine-le-Comte.
My images of the Clain valley.

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