Abbaye Cistercienne de l'Escaladieu, Bonnemazon

Escaladieu Abbey was a Cistercian abbey located in the French commune of Bonnemazon in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Its name derives from the Latin Scala Dei . The abbey was founded in 1142 and became an important pilgrimage stop on the Way of St. James en route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The abbey is situated at the confluence of the Luz and the Arros rivers near the Château de Mauvezin. In the middle of the 12th century, a group of monks under the protection of the count of Bigorre who lived at Cabadur in the Gripp valley in the modern-day commune of Campan, near Bagnères-de-Bigorre, wanted to move to a more hospitable location and therefore establish the abbey at Bonnemazon. The abbey became the center of the expansion of southern French Cistercian expansion and founded eight abbeys in Spain and two in Gascony .
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  • I had often heard in this emblematic place for the region; I so wanted to satisfy my curiosity. Easy access, large parking, warm welcome, outwardly interesting buildings, an expo shifted on the postcards of the great war and a historical exhibition on the war 14-18. and a building multimedia nine interesting. but the rest € 5 reported on the open surface is not really a good deal. your children may be bored.
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  • The place is quite confusing... it's an old Abbey but transformed into cultural place. Of the Abbey, there are only few places... Therefore, to operate his imagination and visualize with modern multimedia (videos) available, the configuration of the time. The audio guide is indispensable, otherwise it will not appreciate. The Park is uneven; Nice no place and most basic on the side of the gardens. Some very fine specimens of trees. There is a program of cultural activities year-round with lectures and workshops in this month of August 2016, a somewhat wacky exhibition of funny of giraffes, distorting mirrors, a gargantuan kitchen (well blended) and many other oddities difficult to describe or comment on. Beat-up but exposure to see if one is not too conformist.
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  • Beautiful Abbey founded in the 12th century at the foot of the great castle of Mauvezin. Acquired by the Department in 1997, she has been the subject of a restoration program in the long term and proposes a cultural programming (exhibitions, performances). The audio guide offered as an option for 1 euro is indispensable to discover the places: it is very clear and very synthetic. An interesting multimedia designed to present the history of the abbeys in general. A few trees in the Park, and who could be better valued. The current temporary exhibition is rather unrelated. It can be a supplement for children. Very nice site in a beautiful environment.
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  • Abbaye de l'Escaladieu (Escaladieu Abbey) was founded in 1142 when Cistercian monks left the monastery at Capadur to found their own abbey. Escaladieu Abbey was built at the confluence of the Luz and Arros rivers near the castle of Mauvezin. The abbey flourished from the 12th to 14th centuries. It served as the burial place for the counts of Bigorre and was a stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago. Escaladieu Abbey was built in the simple Romanesque-Cistercian style. The cloister included a sacristy, refectory, kitchen, and scriptorium. It was closed around 1830. All the east buildings of the Escaladieu Abbey remain intact, including the 12th-century chapter house, where the monks gathered to read the rule of St. Benoit, and the scriptorium, where they copied and illuminated manuscripts. The nave of the abbey had six bays, one of which was destroyed during the 16th-century Wars of Religion. The abbey has been owned by the Conseil Général des Hautes-Pyrénées since 1997. It is open to visitors and is used for conferences and special events.
  • In the Abbey's original Christmas market. Visit of the exhibition very interesting.
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  • Worth the trip
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  • Beautiful place, each year there is a theme. In 2016 was on trips to Africa in the 19th century, this year it is on the great war and a cyclist in 1919. It's upsetting 💖
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  • Great visit
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