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Abbey Church of Saint Silvine and Saint Georges, Auchy-lès-Hesdin

Abbey Church of Saint Silvine and Saint Georges, Auchy-lès-Hesdin

Auchy-lès-Hesdin, FR

The Church of Saint Silvine and Saint Georges is the witness to the history of this community, called Auchy the Monks for a long time. An abbey of nuns, established around 670 AD welcomed Saint Silvin, who died there. The abbey was destroyed by the Vikings in 881.

Abbey Church of Saint-Cesaire

Abbey Church of Saint-Cesaire

Maurs La Jolie, FR

The construction of a third abbey church in Maurs-la-Jolie was undertaken at the end of the 14th century after two destructions in the 11th and 12th centuries. The choir dates from the beginning of the 15th century (date 1406 on one of the stained glass windows), as does the western portal.

Abbey Church of Saint-Geraud

Abbey Church of Saint-Geraud

Aurillac, FR

Former Benedictine abbey which was the model for the one in Cluny. It was founded before 885 in Auvergne by Count Géraud d'Aurillac.

Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre Notre-Dame-des-Ardents

Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre Notre-Dame-des-Ardents

Lagny-sur-Marne, FR

The abbey was founded in the 7th century, and is one of the few buildings in the town that survive from this period. It has been rebuilt several times following various destructions (natural or not). Joan of Arc stayed there in 1430 and performed a "miracle" in this church: the story is told there.

Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul

Évaux-les-Bains, FR

The history of the monument begins when canons gather around the relics of the hermit Marien, who died in 513, located in the old Roman spa town of Evaux. The monument was an important monastery in the 9th century. The church was only attached in 1264 to the monastery of Saint-Amable de Riom.

Abbey Church of Sainte-Foy

Conques, FR

The building was started in the 11th century, but most of it dates from the 12th century. The tympanum was completed in the 12th century. The facade towers were redone during the 19th century. It is also during this period that the bell tower is added to the roof at the junction between the nave and the transept. In 1830, the cloister was demolished.

Abbey Church of Sainte-Valérie

Chambon-sur-Voueize, FR

In 857 the monks of the abbey of Saint-Martial de Limoges founded a monastery at Chambon-sur Voueize to protect the relics of Saint Valérie, of which the monastery of Saint-Martial only keeps the head, from Norman incursions.

Abbey Church of St. Peter

Abbey Church of St. Peter

, SE

The Abbey Church of St. Peter is a 13th-century Gothic brick church, which replaces an older Romanesque church. The monastery was demolished around 1600 and only the monastery church was preserved. In the 1920s, a complete restoration was carried out, which restored the church to its original appearance, but none of the original church facilities are preserved.

Abbey of Fontenay

Marmagne, FR

Founded in 1118 by Bernard de Clairvaux, the abbey church of Fontenay is one of the oldest preserved Cistercian buildings and one of the most complete. It was built on the plan of the church of Clairvaux, under the influence of Saint Bernard. The construction of the church began in 1139 and was completed in 1147, thus consecrated by Pope Eugene III.

Abbey of Forest

Abbey of Forest

Forest, BE

The abbey of Forest, founded in 1106, lived from its glory days until the 15th century when the abbey was emptied of its inhabitants as a result of wars and epidemics. It was only in the 18th century that the abbey rose again and was rebuilt in its present form. However, this resurrection was short-lived because the French Revolution suppressed the religious community of the abbey and sold the building.

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