Detail of Petronille de Chemille (Petronilla of Chemille), first abbess of the double monastery of Fontevrault, detail from the Eleonore de Bourbon fresco, Chapter House, Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Loire Valley, Maine-et-Loire, France. The Chapter House was built in the 16th century and its walls were painted in 1563 with frescoes of scenes from Christ's Passion by the Anjou artist Thomas Pot. The abbey itself was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who created the Order of Fontevraud. It was a double monastery for monks and nuns, run by an abbess. The abbey is listed as a historic monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Detail of Petronille de Chemille (Petronilla of Chemille), first abbess of the double monastery of Fontevrault, detail from the Eleonore de Bourbon fresco, Chapter House, Fontevraud Abbey, Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Loire Valley, Maine-et-Loire, France. The Chapter House was built in the 16th century and its walls were painted in 1563 with frescoes of scenes from Christ's Passion by the Anjou artist Thomas Pot. The abbey itself was founded in 1100 by Robert of Arbrissel, who created the Order of...
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