The Cistercian Abbaye de Noirlac, founded in 1136, is a fine example of medieval monastic architecture. The chapter house, where the monks’ daily assemblies were held, and the cellier, where the lay brothers were in charge of the food, wine and grain stores, were built in plain but elegant style. The cloisters, with their graceful arches and decorated capitals, date from the 13th and 14th centuries, which was a less severe period.

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Founded: 1136
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Yannick Issoudun (3 years ago)
Remarque... Personnel à l'écoute, sympathique, très professionnel... Lieu très bien aménagé, cadre magnifiquement mis en valeur... Bravo
ducky duck (3 years ago)
Magnifique lieu certes déserté par les moines mais dont les vibrations de ce lieu dont magiques. De plus ce weekend, celui du 10/nov/2018 un marché monastique se tient. Tous les produits de qualité présentés viennent de toute la France des divers monastères et couvents.
Vincent Huard (3 years ago)
Magnifique site dans un lieu caché du centre de la France. Je vous conseille la visite guidée qui permet de parfaitement comprendre l'histoire du site. La visite est adaptée aux enfants qui en plus peuvent grâce à un petit livre résoudre une énigme. Le personnel d'accueil est vraiment très sympathique et la guide très intéressante. Cette visite peut être faite en famille sans aucun soucis.
Jem LM (3 years ago)
Site magnifique, malheureusement un peu caché quand on ne connait pas. Personnel aux petits soins, visite guidée instructive. On y apprécie le calme et la sérénité des lieux. L'architecture est magnifique. Les jardins splendides et parfaitement entretenus. Le petit moment de bonheur : passer quelques minutes au calme sous des tilleuls plusieurs fois centenaires. De la détente instructive.
Nigel Welch (3 years ago)
Totally restored but without any historic or authentic furnishings to show what life would have been like
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