Abbaye Cistercienne de l'Escaladieu, Bonnemazon

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2.2/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
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 Canton of Campan in 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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  • 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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  • We loved visiting this place. Very quiet, beautiful green spaces, beautiful Abbey from the outside. For the record, we did not visit the interactive part etc... The current expo inside is great and humorous! We were pleasantly surprised of the quality of the expo and the tone used. For example, the kitchen is delirious with its small animations. The part Tales slightly diverted is nice. What is striking is the search. It really feels in a museum. It is a concept to renew. There may be further invest outside with animations. Otherwise, it may seem sad especially in bad weather. I recommend it with parents and children.
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  • Although the welcome was very friendly and it feels welcome, unfortunately there is virtually nothing to do except infant exposure on so-called colonialism, but zero and out of context. Indeed, I expect to visit an Abbey, but no! Nothing of the sort. The Abbey was completely cut off and bare, no feeling of spirituality, no atmosphere, no reconstitution or monastic furnishings of the past, etc... In short, go your way.
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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.
  • An artistic places that exudes a particular architecture. We recommend to our clients.
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  • This Abbey is a setting in lush, medieval setting in the setting of the Baronnies. It therefore has all of the jewel. And it is true that she breathes the centuries, with modesty and elegance, blending these two classics are the Romanesque and the Gothic. She bathes in drue light of this part of the Pyrenean foothills. It was regrettable that the jeweller is not at the height of his gem. The environment of the Abbey is neglected while it might be a green space of relaxation and hospitality along the Creek (overgrown vegetation walls, inaccessible banks). Inside gives himself a sense of letting go: without even mentioning the restoration on some sloppy points (chimney), maintenance is inadequate (see the armarium claustri or marble columns of the Hall whose veins are more visible), which can be put in connection with a level of activity of certain agents that may leave puzzled - including the taxpayer. However, maintenance of such building requires no additional expense. Just a few efforts and a constant and careful attention.
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  • A beautiful place in the Pyrenean countryside, which will transport you in medieval times but unfortunately it remains little, including the Chapel and the cloister. Interesting exhibitions. To see.
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  • Beautiful place worthy of the Pyrenees
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