Europe’s largest monastic city, the abbey was founded in 1101. It later owed its power to the Plantagenets, a dynasty that produced several kings of England. For example, Richard Heart of Lyon, son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, whose remains are enthroned at the heart of the abbey church. For seven centuries, the abbey welcomed many nobles of royal blood. Until the French Revolution, which turned the building into a prison until 1963. Today, it is an internationally renowned center for contemporary art. More than a visit, an experience.