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Abbaye de Royaumont

The largest Cistercian abbey of Ile-de-France was built between 1228 and 1235. It became a cotton mill after the French Revolution, a hospital during the First World War and an international cultural centre after the Second World War. The grounds were also restored. A park was made in the nineteenth century park and a re-created medieval garden was designed by Olivier Damée in 2004, south of the abbey. The marker on the location map below points to the medieval garden - if you zoom in you can see the nine squares that make up the garden. The park has canals and avenues planted with chestnut trees.

Asnières-sur-Oise, France

All year. Daily. Open 10am to 6pm (5:30pm November to February).

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  • over 6 years by Linda Atnip 5 / 5

    I attended a writer's conference for four days held inside the Abbaye de Royaumont and had the pleasure of staying in the room that St. Louis previously occupied. His prescence could be felt throughout the room and was quite palatable.

    The room looked out upon a stone circle and tower that reminded me of ones I had seen throughout Ireland.

    The grounds were beautiful, the acoustics amazing in the building and the swans floating in the nearby stream so serene that it took my breath away.

    I felt the Abbaye was one of the most extraordinary vistas that I have had the pleasure to gaze upon, and I long for the day I can return.
  • over 8 years by Adam Hodge 3 / 5

    A lovely tranquil and peaceful place. Not lots to see but the cloistered gardens are.. pleasant albeit a tad unkempt. The new herb gardens south of the abbey are intriguing, especially the live woven Salix fence.
    This place exudes calm and peacefulness.

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Live Willow Fence around Medicinal Beds Photographs © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge