Orchaise Priory - Mare du Héron
Prieuré d'Orchaise Two pools punctuate the park, bringing a touch of beneficial freshness to the surrounding vegetation, and providing their surface for lotuses and water lilies. However, if the stork so monitors the place, it is certainly more for the taste of amphibians than for the botanical richness of the place.
Prieuré d'Orchaise - the Prieure d'Orchaise
Prieuré d'Orchaise The branches of the large cedar offer its beneficial shade to visitors who can, after a short stop, engage further in the visit towards the "English-style" areas of the park.
Prieuré d'Orchaise - Le Prieure by night
Prieuré d'Orchaise If the foundations of the priory date from the 11th century, the building has evolved a lot since, over the course of the destruction (during the Hundred Years War), reconstructions (at the end of the 15th century) and then modernizations ( in the 19th century, to which it owes its neo-Gothic facade).
Prieuré d'Orchaise - La Transparente
Prieuré d'Orchaise This immaculate white statue that irresistibly attracts the eye, in its green setting, bears the beautiful name of "La Transparente" and is the work of the Romanian sculptor Christian Breazu.
Prieuré d'Orchaise - La rocaille
Prieuré d'Orchaise In the landscaped part of the park, whatever the season, the visitor will enjoy the charm of flowering and foliage whose color or shape will echo those of neighboring species.
Orchaise Priory - Fresco of the Church of Orchaise
Prieuré d'Orchaise Visitors fond of botany can treat themselves to an excursion in the church to admire an astonishing fresco evoking the glorious return of Christ, a visit enlivened by two free audiovisual shows.
Orchaise Priory - Saint-Bathelemy Church
Prieuré d'Orchaise The Romanesque bell tower which adjoins the priory was built in 1060 by the monks of Marmoutiers. The surrounding park offers it a green setting in which it fits with great elegance. In Orchaise, it is possible to walk freely within the green spaces. So much the better, because when the lawn is dotted with daisies, the appeal is irresistible!
Prieuré d'Orchaise - Bas relief from the 12th century
Prieuré d'Orchaise What if the respectful and attentive work of the park's gardeners only echoed that, no less careful and inspired, of the monks who once built?
Prieuré d'Orchaise - Alley of lime trees under the snow
Prieuré d'Orchaise The park closes its doors to visitors from October 31 to April 1, for a time of grooming and winter sleep, essential for the blooms of the following season. This does not mean that the show stops, as evidenced by this magnificent winter scene during which the snow makes the antlers of the trees shine!