Monasteries in France

Marcheroux Abbey

Marcheroux Abbey is a former Premonstratensian monastery dedicated in honour of Saint Nicholas in Les Hauts-Talican. In 1122 Ulric, a companion of the founder of the Premonstratensian Order, Saint Norbert of Xanten, established in Jouy-la-Grange in the present Beaumont-les-Nonains a religious community called Saint-Nicolas-en-Thelle. In or around 1145 the landowner Ansculphe de Sénots made them a gift of land in Marchero ...
Founded: 1147 | Location: Les Hauts-Talican, France

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