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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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Extraordinary monument to love

One of the most impressive motifs celebrating the lives of significant women in Christianity. While... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Jamie D
Ann Arbor
Great for a rainy day, better on a sunny one.

Beautiful roof and the park. Inside the stonework is really elaborate. Larger than expected, put... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
London, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
16 May 2017
“Extraordinary monument to love”
26 Apr 2017
“Great for a rainy day, better on a sunny one.”
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63 Boulevard de Brou, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
+33 4 74 22 83 83
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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
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Impressive building with a fantastic tile patterned roof. The main hall is impressive in style and the sarcophogi incredibly intricate. A good stopover. Shop but doesn't seem to do food.

Thank Jonathan B
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Having had dinner in the restaurant down the road we were lucky enough to see the fantastic light show. Having been to many places this is something exceptional. A must if you get the chance

1  Thank Likesmifood
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

This is a church and monastery built as one unit. The church part has excellent Gothic architecture and is very detailed and intricate. The work on the arches on the doorways and the ribbed arched ceilings are excellent. The three well decorated tombs are also...More

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This place is where one realises that a woman has been powerful, so powerful that she reigned over the Netherlands as well as much of France and yet so little is written about her in our schoolbooks. Margaret of Austria, Savoy; the netherlands Burgundy and...More

Thank Dominique B
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