Saint-Jean de la Castelle Abbey

Duhort-Bachen, France

Saint-Jean de la Castelle Abbey was established 1073 and moved to the current site around 1140. It was badly damaged in 1568 and 1570 during the French Wars of Religion, Huguenots slaughtered nuns and burned archives and library.

The new abbey was built in 1728-1760, but after Revolution it was secularized and transformed as a farm.

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Founded: 1140
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Anne Raballand (3 years ago)
Francis Bacqué (3 years ago)
Marc Vermeersch (3 years ago)
Erick . D (4 years ago)
First of all, this domain is private, and inhabited. This means that it is not open to the public. The facade is monumental. With a bell to signal the visitor who would like to invite himself. Almost overwhelming when you detail this entry! Past the porch which continues for several meters, in order I think, to be able to park the time to get off a stagecoach, sheltered from bad weather, we reach a huge interior courtyard, rectangular, with trees in the French style, and closed by buildings. House, in front of your gaze, with many windows, the rest being outbuildings: huge stables. What remains of the abbey? Actually, I don't really know. This place had to be converted into a stud farm, I think. Tiles with tiled roofs are fixed at the corners of this mass of buildings. We notice at first glance, an advanced state of dilapidation on all the buildings. Tired blankets (roofs). Yesteryear, this place must have been really pleasant to discover and for me, it is this monumental entrance which remains the particularity of this place, unique entrance in its architecture and which lets the imagination run wild ... on the history of this abbey. If you have the opportunity to walk around the exterior of the abbey, you will discover the ruins of a forge - I believe - and an oven. Too bad, because the place surrounded by greenery leads to reverie.
Rémy Stéphanides (4 years ago)
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