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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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Gorgeous church, cloisters and an art museum

A 15th century, gothic masterpiece. Be sure to get the English brochure and read both sides. So... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2016
Riquewihr, France
Must go

This is the most beautiful thing you will see during your holiday. I have seen an awfull lot of old... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2016
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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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 2 September 2016

A 15th century, gothic masterpiece. Be sure to get the English brochure and read both sides. So much information! The church is not empty as one reviewer said. It had a magnificent rood, altarpieces, stained glass windows and stone carvings as delicate as lace. The...More

Thank AllyB72
Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is the most beautiful thing you will see during your holiday. I have seen an awfull lot of old churches and abbeys and cathedrals. Never seen something like it.

Thank diana56
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Great tour but not so many things to see inside, only a small museum with a few old paintings, quite empty church, great guiding tour

Thank Sofie D
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

if the monastery is quite nice, well decorated in some areas, it is not worth comming to this Bourg en Bresse just for visiting the monastery. but if you are already here, go to see it. pay attention when shopping in the monastery's shop, the...More

Thank awysch
Reviewed 22 July 2016

On our 800+ km car trip from Ghent to Annecy, we wanted to find a stop that would allow us to stretch our legs but also provide some French culture. Brou Monastery is only a small detour from the highway and very easy to reach...More

Thank GeertL
Reviewed 15 July 2016

We have been before but friends brought us here for the Bastille day night show. Fabulous show,images beamed onto the front of the Abbaye Very impressive

Thank binky337
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Parts of the church (including the graves of Margareta of Austria and cohorts) were fantastic, but the remainder of the abbey was really not much.

Thank royjonker
Reviewed 10 June 2016

This is a beautiful museum and the audio guide is amazing. At each attraction, you are offered opportunities to learn and hear more about the various aspects of the historical figures and history of the monastery. Truly fascinating because of the detail provided through the...More

Thank Candice K
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Beautifully restored monastery, and a museum inside. Well worth the visit. In other countries, it would have been converted into a hotel. As it stands, nicely restored, it deserves an hour or more visit.

Thank turifoia
Reviewed 14 May 2016

We found it by chance. We wanted to cut a long drive as we were hungry and by chance, we left the motorway towards Bourg-En-Bresse. Approaching the city, we saw road signs to the Monastery. Wanting to know what it was all about, we arrived...More

Thank Pascjac
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