The abbey of Vaucelles, old Cistercian abbey founded in 1132 by Saint-Bernard, is the 13th daughter-house of Clairvaux. During the era of prosperity in the 12th and 13th centuries, the community included several hundred monks, lay brothers and novices. The 12th century claustral building is the only remains of this immense abbey, now open to the public. It included the Norman scriptorium, auditorium, chapter room (built in 1170). Vaucelles is the largest Cistercian chapter room in Europe and the acoustics are exceptional. The Sacred Passage where the remains of the first three abbots of Vaucelles, canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1179, are buried.

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Founded: 1132
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Jose Bettiol (22 months ago)
Abbaye située entre Saint Quentin et Cambrai. Un grand parc et plusieurs expositions chaque année. Premier dimanche de novembre messe de la saint Hubert avec les sonneurs de cor et rallye équestre après bénédiction des chevaux et des chiens présents avec à disposition du public des morceaux de pain béni
Nicole Lericque (23 months ago)
Endroit à visiter absolument. Calme, sérénité et beauté du lieu. Ne pas manquer l'exposition des orchidées en mars.
Audrey Skrjanc (23 months ago)
Lieu agréable paisible et enrichissant. Dommage pour le prix entrée qui reste un frein a mon goût.
Joy Godefroy (23 months ago)
Le marché de Noël était très beau et j'ai beaucoup aimé me promener dans le jardin. Je reviendrai certainement l'année prochaine pour ma tournée des marchés
Ben Dodson (3 years ago)
A beautiful building.
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