Abbey of St. Martin

Laon, France

The Abbey of St. Martin, established in 1124 in Laon in northern France, was one of the earliest foundations of the Premonstratensian Order. Along with Cuissy Abbey and Floreffe Abbey it counted as one of the primarii inter pares, or senior houses, of the order.

The Premonstratensian community was founded by Barthélemy of Jur, bishop of Laon, in co-operation with Saint Norbert of Xanten, who settled it with twelve canons from Prémontré Abbey. It took over the site of an earlier college of canons regular, established in the Carolingian period, which had fallen into decay.

It was dissolved in the French Revolution. The church of St. Martin in Laon, dating from mid to late 12th century, is still in use as a parish church. The former monastic buildings were converted into a hospital in 1810.



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Rue Saint-Martin 66, Laon, France
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Founded: 1124
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Jean-Louis Cheveaux (2 years ago)
A historical monument of Laonnois heritage to visit absolutely.
Jean Jacques Apchain (3 years ago)
Edson Arantes (3 years ago)
Beautiful place with a history being part of the CHU of the city of LAON and used as a VACCINATION space; with a very welcoming, dynamic and friendly staff. All my gratitude. Best regards
Eddy Khoo (3 years ago)
The abbey is closed to the public when we visited Laon. If it had been open, perhaps a higher rating could be accorded. However, the external architecture is interesting. Amazed is the word when it is still standing after 900 years.
Dave Sillence (4 years ago)
An imposing gothic church / abbey in the attractive town of Laon in France. Well worth a visit.
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