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The Abbey of Saint-Jean-d Orastie: photos, description Abbaye Saint-Jean d Orbestier)

The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Jean d Orastie is part of château d'olonne, vendée, Western France. Next to it is a seaport and resort of Les Sables-d'olonne.

The monastery was founded in July 1107 by order of the king of France Philip I. the Saints of the Abbey were John the Baptist and the blessed virgin Mary. Then this part of modern France passed to the British, and in 1181, the English king Richard the Lionheart personally decided a lawsuit between the monks and French Signor, unfairly robbing them. Abbey enlisted the support of the monarch, and was soon reinstated.

But then fell on hard times. The British have repeatedly set fire to the monastery, especially during the hundred years war XIV-XV centuries. And in the XVI century began a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. In 1569 the Abbey was seized by the Huguenots. Interestingly, most of the monks then decided to either move to another religion or to renounce Holy orders, and remaining faithful to Catholicism was quite a bit, and their opinion meant nothing.

Already in the XVII century from the Abbey is left alone in the ruins, who in 1769 went to the construction of the Cathedral in the nearby town Lucene. After the French revolution all that remained of the monastery was declared national property and sold. Now it is sometimes only used for commercial purposes by local farmers. Also the ruins of the Abbey served as a landmark for passing ships.

Only in 1989 the monastery was bought by the administration of the commune, and then began the first work on the restoration and preservation of this monument of Romanesque architecture.