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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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  • The site is a true haven of peace. We did the tour on a Sunday morning, and were able to enjoy the gardens without too many people. The guided tour is short (45 mns) full but enough to have the necessary information when you don't know the history of this Abbey. Everything is not (yet?) open to the public, we have seen the (beautiful) mess rooms and kitchen of the monks and the cloister. Visit the vestry to see a virtual reconstruction of the Church before its destruction.
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  • Arrived just before the break from 12:45 otherwise he would have had to wait more than an hour to enter. PMR correct accessibility in the walls of the Abbey. However difficult crossing of the bridge paved at the main entrance. I challenge those responsible for accessibility to push a person with reduced mobility of 80 kg on his wheelchair on the Cobbles of the bridge.
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  • Royaumont Abbey is a former Cistercian Monastery (like that of the Thoronet, Provence)... This place lost in a Green's must-see.
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  • 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.
  • Excellent chateau form.
  • 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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  • Very nice tour, beauty and tranquility dominates the character of the place. Walk the gardens to make absolutely.
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  • I visit the Abbey with two little girls, we played the game, they were thoroughly to find the King's Crown. In the end, they expect a little reward... It was very disappointing for the girls, not even a Bravo girls! or a tank or carambar. Nothing at all.
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