Daoulas Abbey

Legend says that there was a church on the site of the Abbey of Daoulas in the 6C, but the first records show it was founded in 1167 by the Canons Regular of the Order of St Augustine under the Viscount of Léon. At that time the town of Daoulas was a important trading port between the Léon district of Brittany, and Cornwall.

The Abbey of Daoulas
The Abbey of Daoulas
Entrance of the Abbey Church of Daoulas
Entrance of the Abbey Church of Daoulas
Inside the Abbey Church of Daoulas
Inside the Abbey Church of Daoulas
Inside the Abbey Church of Daoulas
Inside the Abbey Church of Daoulas

The Cloister is beautiful, the only Romanesque cloister in Brittany.

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The cloister at the Abbey of Daoulas
The cloister at the Abbey of Daoulas
The fountain in the cloister at the Abbey of Daoulas
The fountain in the cloister at the Abbey of Daoulas

The rights of the Canons were suppressed in 1790, during the Revolution, and the buildings sold for private use, although the church remained as a parish church.

The former Abbot's house, now an administration centre for the Abbey
The former Abbot’s house, now an administration centre for the Abbey

After WWII a school was established in the grounds.

The school
The School
The cemetery at the Abbey of Daoulas
The cemetery at the Abbey of Daoulas

The gardens are modern, laid out between 1994-97, and a medicinal garden, showing the use of plants in dealing with illness.

The medicinal gardens at Daoulas Abbey
The medicinal gardens at Daoulas Abbey

In the grounds were these figures – I would imagine they were part of the original Abbey.

Opposite the Abbey is the small Chapel of St Anne, once a hospice.

Do visit if you are in the area, and particularly on a Sunday.

You may be interested in
The Abbey of Daoulas
A Visit to Daoulas

 

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