Monastere Royal de Brou

Monastere Royal de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse

Monastere Royal de Brou
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 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.
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zurichgrad
Zurich, Switzerland333 contributions
Family
We stayed in Geneva for a week and this was a fantastic day trip for us. We really didn't expect to find such a great place here as it didn't seem to be advertised much anywhere. But it was one of the highlights of our stay in Geneva, including the drive there which is through an impressive, wild landscape.
Written August 8, 2020
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JoCHD
Lyon, France191 contributions
Amazing construction of flamboyant gothic style, with very delicate sculptures, and a very pleasant guided tour
I particularly enjoyed the three cloysters inside
Written October 2, 2019
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Kingsley Flint
Cossonay, Switzerland185 contributions
Boy, so much to see in this beautiful renaissance church at the root of so much European history. It goes on and on, talk about value. There are even art galleries. The main church is stunning. I think the travel guides don’t do it justice.
Written July 21, 2020
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kirsten o
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This monastery has displays of the construction methods and well as the history of the buildings and an art museum. I went twice during our stay in the area and could have easily visited again as I did not see it all. The church and the stone carvings are stunning.
Written August 16, 2019
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Jimlockard
Lyon, France571 contributions
Friends
Beautiful monastery and a "private" church - historically significant and interesting. An art gallery has been added to the premises as well.
Written July 21, 2019
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CanyonCondor
Albuquerque, NM149 contributions
Couples
The monastery is notable for a lot of reasons. It has a fascinating history and architecture. When you blend in a nice art museum it completes the package.
Written July 12, 2019
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Shimnik
Delft, The Netherlands6,440 contributions
Family
Monstery Royal de Brou was built in a record short time of 25 years in the beginning of XVI century. Right now is a popular place just 1.5km far from Broug-en-Bresse. Entry ticket is 9€ for adults.
Written June 22, 2019
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Massimo G
Geneva36 contributions
Couples
My wife and i had planned a short trip to Bourg-en-Bresse and we discovered this monument when arriving in Bourg-en-Bresse for lunch. We cam back for a visit after lunch and we were amazed! The cathedral is breath-taking and the monastery with the three cloisters (a very rare case) is really worth the visit. We found an unexpected jewel in a small town!
Written April 14, 2019
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Kitaiki
Lexington, MA60 contributions
Friends
Our group left Lyon by bus with our charming guide, Virginie, for the Monastery Royal de Brou. The monastery turned out to be a huge church and other buildings (completed in 1532) that was the only structure in France in the Flemish gothic style. It was an impressive monument to a woman’s love for her husband of only three years. While at the monastery we learned about the sad life of Margaret of Austria who, being a wealthy noble woman, was married off at the age of the 3 to the heir to French throne, repudiated by him when she was 11, then married to a son of the Spanish king at 19, widowed after 6 months and, finally able to control her own life, chose for herself the Duke of Savoy, with whom she was actually in love. When widowed again she chose to remain a widow, in memory her husband but also probably to retain control of her life!

We enjoyed seeing the church, which had been protected from revolutionaries by local people who had covered the main part with hay and kept animals in the rest. We were sorry, however, for the 12 monks who had the job of praying for the 3 royals buried in the church – one hour every three hours for 24/7! The gift shop had a medieval theme and many of us bought things, some for grandchildren.
Written October 21, 2016
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Adelaide5000
Adelaide, Australia200 contributions
A story of love. Beautiful. But remember the French close places at lunch time. Your ticket will work after 2pm when it reopens if you get your timing wrong.
Written April 11, 2019
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