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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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Quick stop on our way South

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 July 2016
Ghent, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 quality of the offered objects is rather poor, but they have some tourist guides with... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 by car as its located at the edge of the city center. We got here... More 

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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La Plata, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 audio guide. I would strongly recommend visiting this Monastery because of how well preserved this... More 

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Monchique, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 and wow. The white stones, the beauty of the roofs made it a remarkable sight... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

The favourite monument of the French people in 2014. The construction was supervised from Malines (Belgium), probably the most important city in the world during the first quarter of the 16th century due to the residence of Margaret of Austria. Check the opening hours in advance as 9 months a year the national monument closes around noon for 1.5 up... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015

Built in 16th century by Margaret of Austria, this is a truly beautiful building which is seeped in history. Amazing tracery and built in flamboyant Gothic style . We had a guide and I think it was worth it as there is just so much to learn about this building.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015

This is the top of flamboyant gothic architecture preserved over time to feast our eyes. from the elegance of the rock carvings to the colorful roof tiles, one cannot but be in awe about this "chapel". It exudes charm and majesty in the style that only Burgundy architecture can display. A must see in France.

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