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Abbaye de Vaucelles

6 Hameau de Vaucelles, 59258 Les Rues-des-Vignes, France
+33 3 27 78 50 65
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Historic in a beautiful setting

Wonderful ancient abbey in meadows beside a river. Very pretty and a great palce for picnics and... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2016
Banbury, United Kingdom
Visiting the Abbey

A beautiful abbey with gardens - not much for children bar playing in the garden. One facade has... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2013
Sue A
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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This Cistercian abbey, which is a listed building is situated in the Haut-Escaut Valley, in the Rue des Vignes district, 10 kms from Cambrai and 24 kms from Saint-Quentin. It is the most prestigious historical building in the North of France. The Vaucelles Abbey as it can be seen today remains an exceptional construction, not so much because of its dimensions but also because of the quality of the renovation and its cultural influence. It was a long and daily struggle to get there - « Vaucelles is a love story « . It had been a ruin, and before that it had been turned into a weaving factory and then a farm. We offer to take you for a historical tour, starting with the involvment of the Cistercian monks and moving on to the years of renovation that we owe to Alain and Marie-Maxellende Lagoutte and the Friends of the Vaucelles Abbey association. The Vaucelles Abbey was truly Cistercian in the sense that it was built in the heart of the Haut-Escaut Valley. The foundation stone was laid by Saint-Bernard in August 1132, which made the abbey a daughter of Clairvaux, the 13th abbey founded by that Father of the Church. Notre-Dame de Vaucelles was erected on an estate given up by Hugues d'Oisy, Lord of Crevecoeur s/ Escaut and it took several decades for it to be completed. In the 13th century the Abbey had the biggest Cistercian church in Europe – bigger than Notre-Dame de Paris. Today the altar, made of Carrare marble can be seen in the Saint-Gery church in Cambrai and some of the books that had been assembled in the Library can be found at the Cambrai library.
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5 Jun 2016
“Historic in a beautiful setting”
25 Aug 2013
“Visiting the Abbey”
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6 Hameau de Vaucelles, 59258 Les Rues-des-Vignes, France
+33 3 27 78 50 65
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Wonderful ancient abbey in meadows beside a river. Very pretty and a great palce for picnics and walks, as well as the abbey

1  Thank Freddy20082013
annelagoutte, Directeur général at Abbaye de Vaucelles, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2016

thank you for this nice comment about the abbey - we hope that the weather will be shinny during this summer

Reviewed 25 August 2013

A beautiful abbey with gardens - not much for children bar playing in the garden. One facade has been left unrenovated to show the damage it sustained in the first/second world war.

1  Thank Sue A
Reviewed 26 April 2013

A wonderful Cistercian Chapter House set in beautiful grounds. The Abbey itself is long since gone but if you are interested in architecture then go!

Thank Rosenau65
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22 August 2017|
Response from annelagoutte | Property representative |
I am very sorry but nobody where burried Inside the abbey or the parc - only the monks. He must be burried in military cemetery yours sincerely
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