Abbaye Imperiale de Baume-les-Messieurs, Baume-les-Messieurs

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Baume Abbey, in its village of Baume-les-Messieurs, Jura, France, was founded as a Benedictine abbey not far from the still-travelled Roman road linking Besançon and Lyon. It stands near the source of the Dard in the Jura, France. Around it the picturesque village of Baume-les-Messieurs is congregated. The abbey is famous for its sixteenth-century retable.Early historyThe abbey's origins had been irretrievably lost to memory when Jean Mabillon inquired at the end of the 17th century, though an eleventh-century source and Peter the Venerable in the following century recorded a tradition Mabillon followed, that it had been founded by Saint Columbanus, which would place the foundation in the late sixth century. In 732 Saracen raiders destroyed the obscure community of monks, along with neighboring Château-Châlon and the village of Lons-le-Saunier. It was refounded during the reign of Louis the Pious in the early ninth century by Saint Eutice, probably a disciple of Benedict of Aniane, who was revitalizing and reordering the Benedictine communities of the Gauls. In 817, when Emperor Louis at Aachen divided the monasteries in his lands into three categories, monasterium Balma was one of only twelve that owed him annual subsidies.
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  • We did the tour with a guide allowed us to see some place closed to the public. Great experience to do.
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  • The history of this abbey is more interesting than what is left to see. The alterpiece has been restored and is worth a look. The abbey itself declined after the French revolution, and is rather bare-...  more »
  • very informative guided tour The Beautiful Altarpiece was extremely intricate & of its kind. definitely worth the detour. Before entering the village, worth seeing it from above the cliff...  more »
  • Very pretty Abbey and an interesting tour led by a guide enthusiastic!
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  • Highlight of Beaume. Excellent tour.
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  • It is a monastery is located in the quiet and picturesque village tucked away. In the Church of the nuns came splendid sculpture was decorated altar. The tower is covered in black for the repair work, the whole, sorry.
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