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Monastere Royal de Brou

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Stunning building

A stunning example of Gothic architecture and is in excellent condition. The monastery was built... read more

Reviewed September 21, 2018
Mary S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Very interesting

This is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Very interesting and despite there being a charge... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2018
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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...more
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63 boulevard de Brou, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
+33 4 74 22 83 83
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Reviewed September 21, 2018

A stunning example of Gothic architecture and is in excellent condition. The monastery was built in the early 16th century by Margaret of Austria to commemorate her love for her late husband. The complex a masterpiece of Flemish architecture in the south of France. Surprisingly,...More

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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

This is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Very interesting and despite there being a charge displayed, it was free of charge Very calming atmosphere and staff very helpful Museum artworks displayed well

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Reviewed September 13, 2018

We thought that we would pop in for a quick visit before lunch at the terrible restaurant opposite, but we were enthralled. The story of the amazing woman who founded the place is such a tribute to her endurance and love. The choir stalls re...More

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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Stunning building, well worth seeing and good art exhibitions as well. The royal tombs are amazing to see

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

We are a bit late in posting this review, having visited in August 2017! But having confessed that, this is a stunningly beautiful monastery, with superb architectural detail, lovely vaulting, spectacular choir stalls and fine stained glass. If you don't love it, you are very...More

Thank Gordon W
Reviewed September 22, 2017

The "monastery"--really a convent for nuns was founded by Margaret of Savoy, and she and her husband are both buried here. Bourg-en-Bresse is an easy day trip from Lyon and is well worth visiting, but you Must Not Miss the Royal Monastery. It's on the...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

AS you drive along the Boulevard de Brou you are struck by the huge edifice and multicolored roof of the cathedral. The inside of this monument, built on order of Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy after her husband's Philibert of Savoy's death in 1504...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2017

Flemish Gothic church and monastery by Princess Margarita of Austria. Roofs are extraordinary. Never expected to find this lovely complex here.

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Reviewed July 23, 2017

I had no idea, being in Bourg en Bresse during a random travel through France, that this was existing. Unfortunately in renovation during our visit but this is a very impressive place to see

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Reviewed May 16, 2017

One of the most impressive motifs celebrating the lives of significant women in Christianity. While the church is a mausoleum for Phillip, his mother, and Margaret, the artisans left extraordinary sculptures, stain glass windows, and choir chairs that are classified among the best. One this...More

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