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Royal Monastery of Brou

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Address: 63, boulevard de Brou, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Phone Number: 04 74 22 83 83
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Description: The royal church of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse was built between 1505 and...
The royal church of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse was built between 1505 and 1532 by Margaret of Austria as a monument to the memory of her husband, Philibert the Fair, Duke of Savoy. It is a masterpiece of the Flamboyant Gothic style and is richly ornamented with magnificent tombs, a fine altarpiece, statues and choir stalls that testify to the artistry of 16th century Flemish craftsmen. A museum is housed in the monastic buildings. Open:> 1st April to 30th June: from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st July to 30th September: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Beautiful and peaceful

This is the most relevant and interesting place in the city. The monastery is full of history and the church have been built by order of Marguerite of Austria in memory of her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This is the most relevant and interesting place in the city. The monastery is full of history and the church have been built by order of Marguerite of Austria in memory of her husband. The architecture is Gothic and, I mean if you are in Bourg-en-Bresse, then you have to go.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

To find a religious complex as this in a smallish town in France was a delight . If you are in the area make an effort to see it.

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Beynost, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

An out of the main tourist highways must-see building for Gothic architecture lovers... On sunny days (which are many around here, no problem) the church is an enchantment of light and stone; excellent sculptures on some tombs and not too many tourists on weekdays !

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Fantastic, Really worth a side trip to Bress in itself. My wife totally fell in love with the roof and was snapping away non-stop!

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rome italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The Monastery consists of three cloisters and a flamboyant Gothic church built by Margaret of Austria as a family tomb for herself, her died-young husband, and her mother. There is lots to see here. It is easy to get lost in the architecture of the church, the Gothic sculpture of the tombs, the carved-wood choir, and the stained glass, but... More 

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Bourg-en-Bresse, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It used to be free to visit but now you must pay. It is interesting to visit, but feel it would be better if you didn't have to pay, I didn't think there was a lot to see for my money, but worth seeing the beautiful roof

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Lyon, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Nice timespending in rather big monastery with very captivating love story of the queen who decided to make this place beautiful in honor of her beloved king who died. to know all the story you have to visit this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This monastery from 1502 is fascinating. It's really unique to go to a place such as this and be unlimited in where you can go and what you can see. The cathedral was stunning and warrants a good deal of time to just wander. Also, there were very few tourists. The artwork was amazing and is highly recommended. If you... More 

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Ile-de-France, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I had never heard of such an amazing complex in this town more known for being linked to good food specialties than one with a Royal Monastery. We spent a couple of hours for the visit but would have liked to spend more time in the buildings.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

An opulent monument to a French royal couple, Phillip the Handsome and Marguerite of Austria - intertwined 'Ps' and 'Ms' everywhere, our initials as well - in spirit not unlike the Certosa at Pavia in Italy. On this occasion our visit was for a special exhibition, L'Invention du Passe, linked to another exhibition in nearby Lyon. One minor quibble -... More 

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Additional Information about Royal Monastery of Brou

Address: 63, boulevard de Brou, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Phone Number: 04 74 22 83 83
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Rhone-Alpes  >  Ain  >  Bourg-en-Bresse
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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