Located amidst lush greenery a little distance away from the city of Meriel is the Abbaye Notre-Dame du Val. Believed to have existed since the 12th Century, this abbey was built by Cistercian monks and has a beautiful cloister and dormitory. It was expanded in the 13th Century and later abandoned in 1791 after which there was no activity for some period of time. Do pay a visit to this beautiful abbey which has recently been declared a national historic monument. Guided tours are available upon request.