Foigny monastery

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Foigny Cistercian Abbey
Maquette de l'Abbaye de Floigny by Jean-Claude Wiame.JPG
location France
region Aisne department
Coordinates: 49 ° 53 '31 "  N , 3 ° 58' 26"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 53 '31 "  N , 3 ° 58' 26"  E
Serial number
according to Janauschek
founding year 1121
Year of dissolution /
Mother monastery Clairvaux Monastery

Daughter monasteries

Bohéries Monastery

The Foigny (Fusniacum) monastery is a former Cistercian abbey in the commune of La Bouteille in Thiérache in the Aisne department , Picardy region , in France , ten kilometers north-east of Vervins on the banks of the Thon .


The monastery was founded in 1121 by Bernhard von Clairvaux and Barthélémy de Jur, the bishop of Laon , as the third daughter monastery of the Clairvaux primary abbey . The first abbot was Rainaud. The church was consecrated as early as 1124, which is associated with the famous miracle of flying, which was taken up in the artist's representation ( Chiaravalle Milanese Monastery ). Approx. from 1150 to 1170 a new church was built, the plan of which was excavated in 1959. In 1150, Bartélémy de Jur retired to the monastery. A chapel was built over his grave in the 19th century. Another chapel was built over the grave of the monk Alexandre, who is said to have been the son of a Scottish king. In the 13th century, the abbey, which had up to 300 monks, owned 12,000 hectares of land and 13 grangia . The abbey was the mother monastery of the Bohéries monastery . The town house of Petit-Foigny is still in Laon. From the 14th to the 17th century, the monastery suffered damage from warlike events; it also fell into the future . Extensive restoration work was carried out in the 18th century. In the French Revolution in 1791 the abbey came to an end, which at that time only had 11 monks. In 1793 the monastery was converted into a military hospital and shortly afterwards sold for demolition. A portal has been re-erected in the Étréaupoint church. Some of the woodwork in the chapter house of Saint Martin in Laon also comes from the monastery.

Buildings and plant

The second church was 98 m long, had a narrow rectangular choir and a 50 m wide transept with three side chapels on either side in the east. It corresponded exactly to the plan of Clairvaux II. Today there are practically no remains on site.


  • Bernard Peugniez: Routier cistercien. Abbayes et sites. France, Belgique, Luxembourg, Suisse. Nouvelle édition augmentée. Éditions Gaud, Moisenay 2001, ISBN 2-84080-044-6 , p. 365.

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