In the heart of the old Gallic forest covering like a bure the hills and valleys of the foothills of the Plateau de Langres. On the borders of Champagne and Burgundy. Earth of silence.
It is there that Saint Bernard came to clear, nine centuries ago, on June 25, 1115, the clearing of the Val d’Absinthe and to build there the famous abbey where he lived until his death, on August 20, 1153.
Today, very long, endless walls, in successive rows, forbid any view of the vestiges of the splendors of the past. Clairvaux is one of the best kept central houses in France. The Ministry of Culture took over the space of the main historic buildings.
Thus the privileged visitors who can enter Clairvaux discover that this closed city conceals treasures of architecture, including the splendid building of the lay brothers (twelfth century) and the great classical cloister of the eighteenth century, but also the famous and moving “chicken coops” from the old prison.
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