3D survey of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud: preserving the heritage of a cherished abbey and feared prison

The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, an emblem of the Loire Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recently initiated a major preservation project,
entrusting our Art Graphique & Patrimoine experts with a complete 3D survey of its buildings.

3D Scanning of Fontevraud Abbey for Heritage Preservation

Historical significance of Fontevraud Abbey

Considered to be one of the greatest monastic towns inherited from the Middle Ages, Fontevraud was founded by the visionary monk Robert d’Arbrissel in the 12th century. Serving first as an abbey and then a necropolis, the buildings were turned into a prison during the French Revolution. Today, the entire site is open to the public and houses a museum of modern art as well as exhibitions with artists in residence.


Sustainable preservation efforts

The Abbey needed an exhaustive update of its building management plans. Under the supervision of architect Christophe Batard, the Art Graphique & Patrimoine team surveyed the entire site, including the Museum of Modern Art, offices, kitchens and the artists-in-residence buildings.


Advanced 3d survey technologies

Uniquely, the project combined various cutting-edge technologies, including lasergrammetry, terrestrial and aerial photogrammetry, as well as airborne LiDAR capture. This multi-dimensional approach allowed the AGP team to produce exceptionally accurate renderings – essential for the management and preservation of architectural heritage.


Quality outputs

Project deliverables includes building plans and detailed stone-by-stone sections, specially tailored to the needs of the architect, as well as highly accurate ortho-images and ortho-photos. With no fewer than 3,800 scan positions and 2.5 TB of raw data, this survey represents a technological feat and an unwavering commitment to heritage preservation.

At MEMORIST, we are proud to contribute to the preservation of iconic sites such as the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud. The Abbey continues to fascinate and inspire, immersing visitors in its history and beauty. Our quality standards and recognised expertise make us the partner of choice for the preservation, restoration, digitisation and sharing of heritage, both in France and internationally.

Discover the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud’s rich history through our cutting-edge 3D survey – contact us to start your heritage preservation project today!

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