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“C'est Magnifique!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Monastery of Brou

Royal Monastery of Brou
63, boulevard de Brou, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
04 74 22 83 83
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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
Montreal, Canada
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“C'est Magnifique!”
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.

Visited June 2013
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“Nice Gothic building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

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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“a must if you like Romanesque and Gothic”
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."

Visited December 2012
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Lyon, France
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“Historically marvellous”
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...

Visited December 2012
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“Great church!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

The church is really fantastic.
There is also a good art museum inside; when I visited it, there was a wonderful Gustav Doré exhibition.

Visited August 2012
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