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This article is not about the Bellevaux Abbey near Limanton, Nièvre, France, nor the abbey near Lausanne, Switzerland

Bellevaux Abbey was a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1120 by Pons de Morimond[1], near the present-day Cirey, Haute-Saône, France. At that time it was in Franche-Comté. It was suppressed in 1790, and destroyed in 1795 on the orders of Jean-Charles Pichegru, who had bought it.

It was a daughter house of Morimond Abbey. Peter of Tarentaise died there, as he arrived at the abbey in 1174, giving it his relics. These were for a long time disputed by Tamié Abbey.[2]

It had strong connections to the local nobles. Otto de la Roche gave Bellevaux the sacked Daphni Monastery[3] in Greece shortly after 1205.

Bellevaux Abbey was sacked in 1474 by French troops, and burned in 1636 by troops from Weimar. The bishop of Évreux took it over in 1762.

Eugene Huvelin (d. 1828) bought it in 1817, and installed a Trappist religious community there, which however left again at the outbreak of the 1830 Revolution. The premises were sold to private owners in 1837.[4][5]

Notes

  1. [1] (French)
  2. [2] (French).
  3. Daphni Monastery (or Dafni Monastery), Greece
  4. Cistercian Menology - MARCH
  5. Website of Tamié Abbey (French)

Coordinates: 47°24′16″N 6°07′13″E / 47.4044444444°N 6.12027777778°E / 47.4044444444; 6.12027777778

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