Monthiers-en-Argonne Monastery

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Monthiers-en-Argonne Cistercian Abbey
location FranceFrance France
region Grand Est
Marne department
Coordinates: 48 ° 53 '58 "  N , 4 ° 52' 40"  E Coordinates: 48 ° 53 '58 "  N , 4 ° 52' 40"  E
Serial number
according to Janauschek
founding year 1144
Year of dissolution /
Mother monastery Trois-Fontaines Monastery
Primary Abbey Clairvaux Monastery

Daughter monasteries


The monastery Monthiers-en-Argonne (Monasterium in Argona) is a former Cistercian abbey in the town Possesse in the department of Marne region Grand Est in France . It was about 27 kilometers south of Sainte-Menehould not far from a Roman road (today D 994).


The monastery was donated for Canon Regulars in 1134 near Sommeilles in what is now the Meuse department at a place that is still called "Le Vieux Monthiers" today, and later moved to Possesse in a fold in the terrain that forms the last foothills of the Argonne Forest . In 1144 it joined the Cistercian Order and submitted to the Trois-Fontaines Monastery and thus the filiation of the Clairvaux Primary Abbey . The monastery had many granges and farms, including Guidonval (Yonval), la Basse-Cour, Rotonchamp, Valdivière and le Saussy in Possesse, Hurtebise in Sommeilles, Bronne in Vannault-le-Chatel, Bouët and Outrivière in Noirlieu, Épensival in Épense , Lalieue in Remicourt, Notaval and Letemple. The monastery was abolished in the French Revolution .

Buildings and plant

Only the communes from the 18th century and a dovecote from 1650 have survived from the monastery complex.


  • Bernard Peugniez: Routier cistercien. Abbayes et sites. France, Belgique, Luxembourg, Suisse. Nouvelle édition augmentée. Éditions Gaud, Moisenay 2001, ISBN 2-84080-044-6 , p. 131.

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