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ABBAYE D'AUBERIVE : CENTRE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN

Museum ,  Park and garden ,  Historic site and monument ,  Religious building in Auberive

  • A Cistercian abbey and 24th daughter house of Clairvaux, it was founded in 1135 by St. Bernard.

    Reconstructed by monks in the 18th century, it was sold as a national asset at the French Revolution, becoming a cotton spinner business and holiday residence. In the 19th century it became a prison for women and the famous anarchist Louise Michel was held here. It then became a farm camp for underage delinquent boys.

    It is now a cultural centre with a thriving music programme.