Cistercian

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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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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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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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A bloody foundation King Louis VI the Fat was really biter, in this cold day of January 1136: he just founded the Cistercian Chaalis abbey, but what a foundation! He dedicated it to his cousin...

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Ruins of this old Cistercian abbey are located in the middle of the Lyons' forest, in Eure département. Mortemer ("Dead sea")... brr, a name which sounds like a dark omen! Especially when you know...

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The foundation The Aqua bella abbey ("nice waters", because of the little rivers running here) was founded in 1134 by Cistercian monks, led by Othon de Frisingue, abbot of Morimond. In 1137, lord of...

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In the beginning Our story began in 1092, when 2 Benedictine monks from Molesmes abbey (Burgundy) moved here in this small valley called Alpes or Aulps. The beginning was hard! Just imagine our...

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The foundation Saint Bernard founded the abbey in 1138, with monks, in a place where ran a little river, the Tessonne. The famous abbot of Clairvaux abbey said: “Here, let’s bless God!”, in French...

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An eventful story In the 11th century, it was a small priory belonging to St-Maurice d’Agaune abbey (Switzerland). A small priory that became an abbey in 1139! Abondance monks left and founded...


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