Benedictine

The abbey - ©René Dinkel / CC-BY-SA The abbey - ©René Dinkel / CC-BY-SA

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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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...

Pons' grave - ©Eric.Coffinet / Public domain Pons' grave - ©Eric.Coffinet / Public domain

The abbey Saint-Pons dates back to 775, founded by saint Siagrius, king of Austrasia Carloman’s son, and king Charlemagne’s nephew. Besides, Charlemagne sojourned here in 777 and 800! But in the...

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A powerful abbey We don’t know exactly when the abbey was founded. But we know that Saracens damaged the city and the monastery in the 9th century. So, king Charlemagne’s bishop, Leidrade, restored...

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The current abbey was raised by saint Cassien in the 5th century on the foundation of a former chapel where saint Lazarus was buried. In the 5th century, saint Cassien came, and founded the new abbey.

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Ebbes, lord of Déols, went back from Crusades. He founded the abbey in 917, for the salvation of his soul... he raised the primitive buildings and the church, then he gave them to monks who lived in...

Wall of the chapter room - ©Jack ma / CC-BY-SA Wall of the chapter room - ©Jack ma / CC-BY-SA

A royal foundation The legend said that king Charlemagne founded the abbey in 780, and gave it lot of money. At the end of the 9th century, Normans set fire to the abbey and plundered it. A man...

Ambierle retable - ©D Villafruela / CC-BY-SA Ambierle retable - ©D Villafruela / CC-BY-SA

You know what? Ambierle owns a treasure! A Flemish retable, given by Michel de Chaugy (duke of Burgundy Philip the Good’s chamberlain) in 1476. It has 3 wooden panels sculpted in the round...

The abbot church - ©Marianne Casamance / CC-BY-SA The abbot church - ©Marianne Casamance / CC-BY-SA

A Parisian abbey In 365, saint Martin cured a leper in Lutèce (old Paris name): where the miracle took place, they raised a little chapel, located on the way to Compostela. Then followed wars...


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