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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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  • Nice tour of the Abbey of Royaumont. A place to share in a calm (weekdays) and a soothing beauty.
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  • Great Abbey. I recommend the tour. The icing on the cake we visited during the rehearsals of a classical music festival. We could enjoy a mini concert at the end of the visit.
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  • Royaumont Abbey is the subject of an exceptional restoration, its gardens are beautifully highlighted and the architecture of the places are preserved, despite the use (of seminary and residence for artist). Bravo! I visited the Abbey a seminar of team building organized by my company in September 2016. Everything was beautifully organized, very nice rooms, quality meal (hot buffet). Because of the great weather we were able to participate in a race to the treasure in the Abbey gardens (theme: monastic life and middle ages). Two regrets: - installation work of a stage in the heart of the cloister, which broke the tranquility and serenity of the place - the presence of artists in residence (great initiative moreover) whose work cannot agree with the religious origins of places! ENF
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  • It is not too much where you go and where they are going! Religious centre, former industrial site, conference centre, pleasure garden? The site has been so uses and destinations that owners fail to promote this heritage. A little disappointed.
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  • Ma-gni-fique!
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  • Disappointing, if one takes in comparison to other abbeys that we visited. Little information in free display, and cruelly lack of rooms to visit, lovers of beautiful stones, we stayed on our hunger. Gardens and almost nonexistent gardens or discontinuation. By against the site and marketing is very attractive.
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  • Instead of a great peace. Site to the surrounding is nice. And the cloister and gardens are beautiful.
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