From the castle of Sleeping Beauty to the abbey of the kings

September 28

Now we trundle along the Loire with our campers. The roads are pretty small!

The Chateau de Ussé looks like the castle of Sleeping Beauty – it can compete with the German Castle Neuschwanstein!

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Once again we pass an atomic power plant.

The royal abbey of Fontevraud used to be the largest cloister complex of the old western world. The extraordinary building was constructed on 14 hectare ground. It could provide living environment for 700 person (men and women). From the beginning the abbey had a strong connection to the Royal House of the Plantagenets. They sponsored it and determined it as their royal burial place. Henry II from Endland and his son Richard Lionheart are buried here._DSC2015_new

After the revolution the abbey became a prison for 1700 prisoners and was used till 1963. To get enough room intermediate ceilings have been built in.

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