Fleury Abbey was a religious centre from pre-Christian times.
The crypt of the abbey was the site of the remains of Saint Benedict, who was revered by all the monks of the Occident. The founder of the Benedictine order was buried in Italy at Monte Cassino,
but following the great invasion the monastery was sacked. The abbot of Fleury decided to recover the ashes and since the 8th century they have been in St Benoit sur Loire.
Philip I, King of France is also buried here above the crypt. He took refuge in Fleury Abbey to seek the protection of St Benedict. He had repudiated his wife and was therefore excommunicated by
the church. Unable to be buried on Christian soil, he implored the Saint and his "representatives" granted him a pardon.