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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  • August 16, 2017
    This Abbey is very beautiful and well restored. Many events are organised which makes a living place. The gardens are beautiful and everything is well explained. It is just a pity that the visit is so fast. The opportunity to visit other buildings like the Abbey farm would be a plus...
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  • August 12, 2017
    A place that invites to meditation with few visitors that day (July 2017). We of course regret the disappearance of the monumental Church of which we can get an idea through restoring 3D on screen. Very nice parking green in front of the entrance.
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  • August 11, 2017
    A haven of peace in a beautiful green setting. Many improvements for ten years. Bar/restaurant at the edge of the water WE + holidays. Superb buffet of organ, view from above on the former refectory of the monks cloister peaceful flowered. Pretty chime lil'louis hours and half. Well-stocked shop (books, cards, soaps, etc.) good quality. Large car park. A must see.
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  • May 6, 2017
    A very nice place to stay for a workshop. Convincing combination of preserving the old monument and providing up-to-date standard. Large rooms, good food.
  • October 26, 2016
    Excellent chateau form.
  • September 6, 2017
    Pretty well renovated Abbey, however I find it unfortunate that the entry for students under 26 years old is not free. 6 euros for not being able to visit that some coins and the cloister, it's cheap! The gardens are nice, but the garden was overgrown. Very frustrating as that as many parts of the area are not accessible to the public. You come out a bit mixed.
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  • June 30, 2017
    Beautiful location but hotel services not level. Ditto for the restoration. Too bad because the place is magical! Big problems with wifi and mobile network. Very penalizing a seminar of pro.
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  • September 2, 2017
    Very charming historical place with friendly guided tour 😊
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