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Royaumont Abbey, Asnieres-sur-Oise
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Royaumont Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey, located near Asnières-sur-Oise in Val-d'Oise, approximately 30 km north of Paris, France.HistoryIt was built between 1228 and 1235 with the support of Louis IX. Several members of the French Royal family were buried here (and not in Saint Denis Basilica), for example, three children and two grandchildren of Louis IX.The abbey was dissolved in 1791 during the French Revolution and the stones were partly used to build a factory. However, the sacristy, cloister, and refectory remained intact.In 1836 and 1838, respectively, two operas by German composer Friedrich von Flotow opened at Royaumont—Sérafine and Le Comte de Saint-Mégrin.In the early 20th century, the abbey was bought by the Goüin family who in 1964 created the Royaumont Foundation, the first private French cultural foundation. Today, the abbey is a tourist attraction and also serves as a cultural centre.World War IFrom January 1915 to March 1919 the Abbey was turned into a voluntary hospital, Hôpital Auxiliaire 301, operated by Scottish Women's Hospitals(SWH), under the direction of the French Red Cross. It was especially noted for its performance treating soldiers involved in the Battle of the Somme. After the war the Chief Medical Officer, Miss Frances Ivens CBE MS(Lond) ChM(Liverp) FRGOG (1870–1944), was awarded membership of the Légion d'honneur.
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  • What a beautiful place! Everything here is peaceful and beautiful. Enjoy the guided tour that is very interesting.
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  • What a pleasure to the eyes by its beauty, its medieval gardens and the pleasure of the ears by its baroque musical season...
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  • Several films have been shot here. What the cut, gainsbourg, Aurore de Nils, Mr N, Sup of money, Chouans, the beauty and the beast, and so on because my intention is just to say that there will be to find out the weather before coming because here there is exploitation of the site on a commercial basis. Little or no visit in case of marriage, events, rehearsals, filming e.t.c if not the Abbey of ROYAUMONT allows a walk in his garden of medieval inspiration and the botanical part. There are also many buildings: Church, cloisters, refectory, kitchens old organ, the cloister and I forget... Some visitors enjoy moderately, but entering this place beautiful and full of history with a guide, preferably. Certainly there are a few ruins like the turret with the spiral staircase, but also a lot of renovation and maintenance. It is so worth the small contribution (with a discount, therefore not free...) during our visit in September for the heritage days.
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  • Despite the recent past as a textile mill, the restoration work is still in progress but already you can see the remains of this great Abbey with a glorious past (formerly half of Kings and Emperors), who is trying to be born again as a place of hospitality and conferences. You can admire the cloister (of the Abbey Church remains a meadow and some basis of column) and the Chapter House with still some traces of frescoes.
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  • Most of the pieces are privatized for seminars, not to mention the admission fees for children from 3 years. The price is disproportionate to what it has to or (almost nothing)
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  • Nice site and nice gardens (especially the one vegetable (once, right)). However the Abbey made a bit empty, despite of beautiful architectural elements.. .well for a stroll one sunny Sunday afternoon.
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  • Splendid Abbey from which emanates a quiet. The ruins of the old church are beautiful.
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