Abbey

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Water everywhere! Lord of Vouvant Ayraud Gassedener founded Saint-Vincent abbey in 1068 in Nieul, on the banks of river Autise. The first monks who settled here started to clean the marais Poitevin.

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Enough is enough! After Garsende the poetess, several ladies withdrew in La Celle. So, the abbey became rich and prosperous, and we had about 100 nuns, at the end of the 13th century! But quickly...

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Garsende away from the world Raised by monks from Saint-Victor of Marseille, we have, from the 11th century, two different places in the abbey: the church Ste-Perpétue for monks and the church of...

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History of a rich abbey Bones and books This big Cistercian abbey was founded in 1133. People came to Quincy before the 16th century to see the gorgeous library. The abbey was very rich, indeed...

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The foundation Etienne in his shack 1120. A priest, Etienne de Vielzot, turned up in the middle of Corrèze (Central France). The place was desolated, although Etienne wasn’t discourage. He raised...

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Anne of Kiev’s foundation in Senlis Anne of Kiev? Yes! King of France Henri I’s wife! She founded the abbey in 1060, to celebrate their son’s birth, Philippe. Anne, prince of Kiev's daughter, was 27...

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A big swamp Maurice and Conan Duke Conan III founded the abbey in 1136 for his mum, the old Breton duchess Irmengarde. 12 monks turned up from l’Aumône abbey near Chartres, and settled. The place...

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Gombault and his fountain We are now in the quiet Creuse valley, in the département of Indre. In the middle of nowhere, here’s the Benedictine abbey of Fontgombault, founded in the middle of the...

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Did you know that 2 Avignon popes came from the abbey? Yes, the Italian Corrado del Suburra (Anastase IV) in 1153 and the English Nicolas Breakspeare (Adrian IV) in 1154! This one was the only...

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Guillaume d'Olt's foundation Back in the 12th century. Guillaume de Calmont-d'Olt, bishop of Cahors, was a proud lord. He loved galloping through meadows, hunting! But one day, his horse nearly...


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