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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 Abbey is beautiful situated in a lovely Park. The Church in adjacent to the Abbey ruin is highlighted by devices that glancing through allow to realize what was this church before its destruction. Parts of the Abbey are impressive, but beware there is no access to all parts.
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  • Building well renovated, very nice framework, but visit limited since much of the Abbey was destroyed during the Revolution. Nice virtual visible on screen in the sacristy and in the heart of the ruins of the Abbey Church (with different angles of view). A lot of rooms whose access is privatized, it's a little frustrating. Well-stocked shop offering very interesting books!
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  • I live nearby, I work nearby, I constantly pass and yet don't stop there not always until the day where I decide to go back. And, to my surprise, although knowing the place, I let me nevertheless surprised by the beauty of the place, the atmosphere that not out of it, the side soothing of this place full of history. I won't tell you more, go ahead, you will not be disappointed.
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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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