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Address: 63 Boulevard de Brou, 01000, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Phone Number:
+33 4 74 22 83 83
09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The royal church of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse was built between 1505 and 1532...

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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Royal Monastery of Brou - a memorial to a lost love

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
Katharine G
Lexington, Massachusetts
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 was an impressive monument to a woman’s love for her husband of only three years.... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 gallery.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Jo S
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 very detailed with amazing workmanship. The choir stall is oak and well carved and there... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 many other lands. Her tomb is exquisite marble lace.Our guide Dylan Carrouso (I didnt dare... More 

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Riquewihr, France
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 tombs of the benefactress, her husband and mother-in-law are tour de force. Don't miss the... More 

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Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Ghent, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles 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

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