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Welcome to the George Sand's country...

Le Pays de George Sand
Domaine de George Sand
Sainte Sévère sur Indre
Visite guidée à La Châtre
Basilique de Neuvy Saint Sépulchre
Maison de Jour de Fête
George Sand
Fresques de l'église de Vic
Le cirque Bidon
Cabinet de vignes

Abbaye de Varennes


Part of the church and the Abbot’s house This Cistercian Abbey was built at the bottom of a valley in the middle of the twelfth century. It was a resting point on the way to Saint James of Compostela. Over time, the Abbey grew rich enough to rival the Abbey at Noirlac (Cher), with lands of over 3000 hectares. George Sand mentioned it in her novel Les Beaux Messieurs de Bois Doré (The Fine Gentlemen of Bois Doré). At the beginning of the twentieth century, Varennes became home to a ‘salon’ where various painters (Fernand Maillaud, Bernard Naudin) and writers (Maurice Rollinat, André Maurois, Roger Martin du Gard) met, and whose central figure was the photographer Jenny de Vasson. Nearby : Le Magny twelfth century, added to in the fifteenth century, next to a Benedictine priory dating from.


LocationAbbaye de Varennes 6, Varennes 36230 FOUGEROLLES
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