This abbey is situated at the western end of Lac de Guerledan overlooking the Nantes-Brest canal. Ths 12th century Cistercian abbey hosts regular exhibitions, a weekly farmers' market and a spectacular 'son et lumiere' in August. The abbey was founded by Viscount Alain III de Rohan who, according to legend, was asked to build it by the Virgin Mary. She appeared to him in a dream when he fell asleep on this spot after a hard day's hunting in the Quenecan Forest, hence the name Bon Repos meaning a Good Rest. Not a lot of people know that!!! The abbey had a tumultuous history including being burnt down by the Chouans (Royalists) in 1795, and the abbey fell into ruin before being rescued in 1986 by the local community who founded the Association of Friends of Bon Repos Abbey. Thanks to them part of the abbey has been restored although the main body is an empty shell.
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Photo taken in Saint-Gelven, France
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