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Royal Monastery of Brou

63, boulevard de Brou, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
04 74 22 83 83
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The monastery was fascinating from a historical standpoint. We spent a considerable amount of time in its deconsecrated cathedral that included exceptional sculptures. The artwork in the monastery was worthwhile. We used an audioguide that enhanced the quality of our visit.

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Alessandria, Italy
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Very interesting and a very well kept complex of buildings. By far the most interesting monument in the area.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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24 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

To be honest my partner and I were ‘churched/templed’ out years ago. Call us barbarians, but we have seen the great and the good and have appreciated the amazing cathedrals of Europe and the temples of Asia, but… A visit to the Brou monastery was like being introduced to the world’s most appetising amuse-bouche. We were stunned by the scale,... More

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Milan, Italy
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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

not clear why when arriving and visiting , you find out that the Museum part closes between 130 and 1400 for....lunch . however the art displays in this site are just amazing

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Portrush, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Beautiful church and monastery in the centre of town, we arrived just as mass was about to start so we didn't want to intrude too much in the interior but the scale and whole Gotic building makes this must see in Bourg-en Bresse.

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Montreal, Canada
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35 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

A must see in the area of Bourg en Bresse! This monastery can be seen from afar with its tall roof covered in coloured, glazed tiles. It's style is flamboyant gothic and there is a nice collection of 16th century paintings and religious statues. Unfortunately, there were constructions going on when we visited and some areas were restricted.

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Vancouver, Canada
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

The place is compact, well preserved, and partially under reconstruction for the moment. Definitely worth visiting if in Bourg-en-Bresse.

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Annemasse, France
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

A must see in the region, often there are art expositions for those who do not like the old stones. Do not miss the "stalles."

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Lyon, France
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

The buildings are simply majestic, with beautiful rooftops, flamboyant courtyards and history all over. The locals compare this to the Taj Mahal of France - I'll let you read up why...

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