Lieu-Croissant Monastery

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Cistercian Abbey of Lieu-Croissant
location France
Franche-Comte region
Doubs department
Coordinates: 47 ° 29 '8 "  N , 6 ° 33' 47"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 29 '8 "  N , 6 ° 33' 47"  E
Serial number
according to Janauschek
founding year 1134
Year of dissolution /
Mother monastery Lützel Monastery (Lucelle)

Daughter monasteries


The Monastery Lieu-Croissant (Lieucroissant; locus crescens; Les Trois Rois) is a former Cistercian abbey in the region of Franche-Comté in France . It was located in the municipality of Geney around 25 km southwest of Montbéliard and around 7 km north of L'Isle-sur-le-Doubs .


The monastery was founded in 1133 or 1134 as a subsidiary of the Lützel (Lucelle) monastery in Upper Alsace and was furnished by local nobles. It belonged to the filiation of the primary abbey monastery Morimond . The name is derived from the motto "Crescat in te pia semper locus iste Maria" (cf. Dieulacres Abbey ). Since the 13th century it was repeatedly devastated during the wars in Franche-Comté, and the monks had to retreat several times to their Alsatian possessions ( Ollweiler near Wuenheim and Soultz-Haut-Rhin ). Granges of the monastery were in Senargent, Liofans, Remo fans Blussans, Corcelles and Geney and in Alsace . In 1425 only 12 monks lived in the monastery. The monastery was founded in 1475 by the troops of Louis XI. and looted again in the Peasants' War in 1525. Since the 16th century it has been named Les Trois Rois after the relics of the Three Kings, which are said to have stayed in the monastery for one night in 1164. It was largely destroyed in the 17th century, but rebuilt from 1690 onwards. In the 18th century the monastic discipline slackened. It came to an end in the French Revolution in 1790. The seven remaining monks were dispersed, and most of the buildings were subsequently abandoned. At the site of the monastery there is now an agricultural property in which the remains of the monastery are built.

Buildings and plant

Various, mostly built-up buildings and parts of the building, including a wall with a clover leaf window and a tombstone, have been preserved.


  • Bernard Peugniez: Routier cistercien. Abbayes et sites. France, Belgique, Luxembourg, Suisse. Nouvelle édition augmentée. Éditions Gaud, Moisenay 2001, ISBN 2-84080-044-6 , p. 147.

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