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Monastere Royal de Brou

63 boulevard de Brou, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
+33 4 74 22 83 83
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An Impressive Early Modern Foundation

The "monastery"--really a convent for nuns was founded by Margaret of Savoy, and she and her... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Sandy P
Most impressive 16th Century Monastery and Mausoleum

AS you drive along the Boulevard de Brou you are struck by the huge edifice and multicolored roof... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Peter K
Geneva, Switzerland
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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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63 boulevard de Brou, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
+33 4 74 22 83 83
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Reviewed 23 September 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

Thank Sandy P
Reviewed 29 August 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

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 27 July 2017

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

Thank onlaydoc
Reviewed 23 July 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

Thank christophed564
Reviewed 16 May 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

1  Thank Jamie D
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Beautiful roof and the park. Inside the stonework is really elaborate. Larger than expected, put some time aside to see this.

Thank Glbtrttr6
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The church that is part of the Monastere is really worth the trip. Flemish gothic style and extremely well conserved the Monastere really shows what is was build for --- gratitude to God to keep the husband alive and Love. If you can wait for...More

Thank Tony M
Reviewed 21 October 2016

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...More

1  Thank Katharine G
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The craftmanship in this church and monestary is quite breathtaking. Both the stone masonry on the building and the sculpturing of the crypts. Do make the detour if you are in the vicinity. I also liked the way they use the monestary as an art...More

Thank Kwassie
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped here to escape the rain and found ourselves in a fascinating story of love, power and grief. The architecture is stunning and the carvings are amazing. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Jo S
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