L'Aumône monastery

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Cistercian Abbey of L'Aumône
location FranceFrance France
Region Center-Val de Loire
Loir-et-Cher department
Coordinates: 47 ° 52 '25 "  N , 1 ° 22' 42"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 52 '25 "  N , 1 ° 22' 42"  E
Serial number
according to Janauschek
founding year 1121
Year of dissolution /
Mother monastery Citeaux monastery

Daughter monasteries

Waverley Abbey (1128)
Le Landais Abbey ( 1129)
Abbey ( 1130)
Tintern Abbey (1131)
Langonnet Abbey (1136)

The monastery L'Aumône (Eleemosynae, Petit-Cîteaux, Cistercium minus) is a former Cistercian abbey in the commune of La Colombe in the Loir-et-Cher department, Center-Val de Loire region , in France , 34 km north of Blois in the zum Forêt de Marchenoir belonging to Forêt de Cîteaux.


The monastery was founded in 1121 by a donation from Count Thibaud IV of Blois as a daughter monastery of Cîteaux . It was the mother monastery of Waverley Abbey in England , Bégard , Tintern Abbey in Wales , Langonnet and Le Landais . To his filiation comprises 29 abbeys. It was from the monastery of L'Aumône that the Cistercian order established itself in the British Isles. The abbey suffered badly in the Hundred Years War ; In 1396 it was largely in ruins. Reconstruction and the introduction of the Coming party burdened them economically. During the French Revolution , the abbey was closed in 1791.

Buildings and plant

Cadastral plan from 1818

A dovecote from the 13th century, two buildings from the 15th century and a section of the church wall have been preserved from the medieval complex. Some parts of the cloister are in the museum in Blois.


  • Bernard Peugniez: Routier cistercien. Abbayes et sites. France, Belgique, Luxembourg, Suisse. Nouvelle édition augmentée. Éditions Gaud, Moisenay 2001, ISBN 2-84080-044-6 , p. 108.

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