La Clarté-Dieu Abbey

Eaunes, France

The Abbey of La Clarté-Dieu was a Cistercian monastery. The abbey was founded in 1239 by the executors of Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester, as one of a pair, the other being Netley Abbey in Hampshire, England. The bishop had conceived the idea of founding a pair of monasteries some years before and had begun collecting the necessary endowments for them, but his death in 1238 prevented him from completing the project. The first monks arrived at the site in 1240.

The abbey was severely damaged in the course of the Hundred Years War and the cost of rebuilding proved a heavy burden on the finances of the community. Nevertheless, La Clarté-Dieu managed to survive until the French Revolution when it was closed and sold off along with all the other monasteries of France. Following the revolution the abbey was for a long time used as a farm and some of the buildings were allowed to fall to ruin. Despite this, much of the mediaeval abbey remains in excellent condition along with some fine post-mediaeval additions. The abbey is preserved as an historic monument and is open to the public.

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Founded: 1239
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Gael Berhault (15 months ago)
Petit parc pour se détendre avec les enfants agréable et toujours bien entretenu à l'ombre de l'abbaye.
Muriel Varanguien (16 months ago)
Très beau bâtiment ! À voir !
Baracch Pat (16 months ago)
Beaux reste d'une très belle abbaye.
maman damour (2 years ago)
Ma maison était mitoyenne à cette magnifique abbaye . Son style est sobre mais a la foi grandiose .... ce devore des yeux pour son histoire le parc situer a l'arriere est idéal pour les enfants le terrain est calme est securiser puisque loin de la route !!! Idéal pour des piknik
Veronika Petkovová (2 years ago)
Très joli parc
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