From its foundation as a monastery, transformation into a prison and later into a centre for culture… Fontevraud Royal Abbey’s architecture has evolved considerably over the centuries. A series of exceptional models allow the visitor to discover this history in motion. François Delarozière, the creator of Les Machines de l’Île in Nantes, adds to these with a ‘model-machine’ of Fontevraud, that is as fantastical as it is exceptional.
ROOM 1 / FONTEVRAUD AND ITS SITE
A huge model helps the visitor understand how Fontevraud was constructed in an ongoing interaction with its environment.
ROOM 2 / BUILD YOUR OWN FONTEVRAUD
Devise your own architecture, using Lego® bricks.
ROOM 3 / FONTEVRAUD OVER TIME
From its construction in 1101 to the present day, discover Fontevraud’s architectural evolution.
ROOM 4 / FONTEVRAUD IN DEPTH
Digital technology invites visitors to take the time to plunge more deeply into the Royal Abbey’s transformations.
ROOM 5 / FONTEVRAUD’S BUILDERS
Stonemasons, architects, carpenters, etc. Meet the people who built and continue to build Fontevraud.
ROOM 6 / TIME MODEL BY FRANÇOIS DELAROZIÈRE
François Delarozière, creator of Les Machines de l’Île in Nantes, offers his fantastical vision of Fontevraud with an exceptional ‘model-machine’.
Trained at the Beaux-Arts, Marseille, François Delarozière joined Royal de Luxe in 1983. The son of a musician and a talented DIY-er, he covered his sketchbooks in drawings of fantastical machines. In 1999 he founded the ‘La Machine’ association, with whom he explores the art of moving machines and their ability to provoke an audience’s emotions. He founded Les Machines de l’Île in Nantes with Pierre Orefice in 2003, a tourist and cultural attraction that opened in 2007.