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This is a list of Benedictine monasteries, extant and non-extant, in the present territory of France. It includes both monks and nuns following the Rule of St. Benedict, excluding the Cistercians, for whom see List of Cistercian monasteries in France. Some monasteries however belonged at various times in their histories to both the Benedictines and the Cistercians.

At different times these religious houses have formed various orders, congregations or groups, of which the main ones, as far as French monasteries are concerned, are the following:

The dates in brackets indicate the start and end dates of an abbey's status as a Benedictine monastery, which are not necessarily the same as the dates of its foundation or suppression. All religious houses in France were suppressed during the French Revolution, most of them in 1791. Some communities were revived, and many more new ones established, during the 19th century, but were forced to leave France by anti-clerical legislation during the 1880s (principally the Ferry Laws), and again in the first decades of the 20th century under the Association Law of 1901 (the Waldeck-Roblet Law).

Abbeys and independent priories currently in operation are indicated by bold type.

Dependent priories are not generally noted in this list, except for a few unusually significant ones.


Contents
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Auxerre - Abbaye Saint-Germain - 2

Saint-Germain d'Auxerre

B

Abbaye brantome

Brantôme Abbey (Dordogne)

Baume-les-Messieurs - ancienne abbaye bénédictine

Baume Abbey (Jura)

La Tour Saint-Nicolas

Bec Abbey (Eure)

FacadeSainteCroixBordeauxsoir

St. Cross Abbey, Bordeaux (Gironde)

C

La Chaise Dieu Cloitre 01

La Chaise-Dieu Abbey (Haute-Loire)

Dehio 212 Cluny

Cluny Abbey (reconstruction)

Conques, Aveyron, France

Conques Abbey (Aveyron)

Corbie abbatiale 1

Corbie Abbey (Somme)

D

E

F

Fecamp Abbey Chevet10

Fécamp Abbey (Seine-Maritime)

G

Abbaye St Michel

Gaillac Abbey

Abbatiale gigny petit

Gigny Abbey (Jura)

H

Hambye1

Hambye Abbey (Manche)

I

J

Abbaye de Jumièges

Jumièges Abbey (Seine-Maritime)

K

L

Abbaye de Landévennec

Landévennec Abbey (Finistère)

M

Marmoutier

Marmoutier Abbey (Indre-et-Loire)

135 Moissac cloitre

Moissac Abbey

Meymac chevet

Meymac Abbey (Corrèze

Mont-Saint-Michel-2004

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

Abtei Murbach

Murbach Abbey

N

Abbaye Nouaillé-Maupertuis 2

Nouaillé-Maupertuis Abbey (Vienne)

O

P

Preuilly-1

Preuilly Abbey (Indre-et-Loire)

Q

R

S

Abbaye st sauveur panorama 1

Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte Abbey (Manche)

Saint-Savin Chapit

Saint-Savin Abbey (Vienne)

Abbaye St Sever 7

Saint-Sever Abbey (Landes)

Abbaye aux dames

Saintes' Abbaye aux Dames (Charente-Maritime)



T

U

  • Abbey of St. Scholastica, Urt (Abbaye de Saint-Scholastique d'Urt), nuns (Urt, Pyrénées-Atlantiques)
  • Uzerche Abbey (Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Uzerche), monks, Diocese of Limoges (Uzerche, Corrèze)

V

W

Y

  • Yerres Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Yerres), nuns, Diocese of Paris (?-1792) (Yerres, Essonne)
  • Yzeure Abbey (Abbaye d'Yzeure), nuns (Yzeure, Allier)

Notes

  1. The English Congregation returned to England because of the French rveolutoin and is part of the Benedictine Confederation
  2. Ainay Abbey website
  3. the precursor of Alet Cathedral)
  4. Website of the Cultural Encounter Centre, Ambronay
  5. formerly sometimes Andlaw
  6. Diocese of Séez website: Argentan Abbey
  7. Asnières Abbey website
  8. Ministère de la Culture: L'Abbaye Saint-Germain d'Auxerre
  9. Le Barroux Abbey website
  10. Bassac Abbey website
  11. Bec Abbey website
  12. Bellaigue Abbey website
  13. 950-1136: Benedictine priory; 1136-37: Benedictine abbey; 1137-1791: Cistercian abbey; 2000- Benedictine abbey)
  14. Belloc Abbey website
  15. Blesle municipal website: Blesle Abbey
  16. formerly Saint-Martin-au-Val
  17. Gallic Orthodox Church website: Bois-Aubry Abbey
  18. Boscherville Abbey website
  19. Encyclopédie de Bourges website: St. Sulpicius' Abbey, Bourges
  20. Bourgueil Abbey website
  21. see also Kerbeneat; Filles du Calvaire, Calvairiennes or Benedictines of Our Lady of Calvary; see also Kerbénéat
  22. 22.0 22.1 English Benedictine nuns in exile
  23. La Chaise-Dieu Abbey website
  24. Chantelle Abbey website
  25. http://www.chateau-chalon.info/sitev3/ Château-Chalon village website
  26. Clairval Abbey website
  27. Crespin municipal website: Crespin Abbey
  28. Cuxa Abbey website
  29. En-Calcat Abbey website
  30. Fleury Abbey website
  31. Fontdouce Abbey website
  32. raised to a bishopric in 1742: see Diocese of Saint-Claude
  33. Friends of Guîtres Abbey website
  34. Camaldolese from 1680
  35. Abbey website
  36. Daughters of Calvary (Filles du Calvaire); moved here from Landereau, and transferred to Bouzy-la-Forêt
  37. St. Vincent's Abbey website
  38. At first a Benedictine priory, later a house of secular canonesses from the Auvergnat nobility. Raised to the status of abbey in 1719
  39. Diocese of Coutances website: Lessay Abbey
  40. Ligugé Abbey website
  41. secularised in 1535
  42. Abbey of St. Peter, Le Mans: website
  43. Marmoutier Abbey website
  44. Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes website
  45. Maumont Abbey website
  46. Maylis Abbey website
  47. Mont Saint-Michel Abbey website
  48. Montceau Abbey website
  49. Commune of Nouaillé-Maupertuis website: Nouaillé Abbey
  50. DIocese of Pamiers website: Le Pesquié Abbey
  51. Pontlevoy Abbey website
  52. Preuilly-sur-Claise municipal website: Preuilly Abbey
  53. Randol Abbey website
  54. joined to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris in 1641
  55. joined to the Archbishopric of Reims in 1696
  56. Benedictines of the Holy Sacrament; nunnery founded in 1862
  57. Saint-Amant-de-Boixe Abbey website
  58. often inaccurately called Saint-André de Sorède
  59. Diocese of Poitiers website: St. Cross Abbey, Saint-Benoît
  60. Saint-Jacut Abbey website
  61. Saint-Jouin-de-Marnes website
  62. Abbey of St. Lioba website
  63. later secular canonesses
  64. Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache Abbey website
  65. Saint-Omer town website: Abbey of St. Bertin, Saint-Omer
  66. or Generest, Génerez, Générez, Géneres, or Génerès
  67. united with the bishopric in 1778
  68. Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey website
  69. Site de l'Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes
  70. raised to a bishopric in 1318
  71. Solesmes Abbey website
  72. Sorèze Abbey and School website
  73. mother house of the Tironensian Order
  74. Benedictine from 850 to 1073
  75. Tournay Abbey website
  76. Val-de-Grâce webpage
  77. Valognes Abbey website
  78. the original buildings became a hospital, which they remain; the abbey was re-established in 1810 in the former convent of the Capuchins, which was vacant by then
  79. Venière Abbey website
  80. Verneuil Abbey website
  81. Website of the Abbey of St. Paul Abbey, Wisques

See also

References

  • Gallia Christiana
  • Gaussin, Pierre-Roger, nd: Les cohortes du Christ, Ouest-France
  • Gazeau, Véronique, 2007: Normannia monastica, princes normands et abbés bénédictins. Prosopograpie des abbés bénédictins (2 vols). Publications du CRAHM. ISBN 978-2-902685-38-7
  • Laffont, Robert, nd: Dictionnaire des églises de France, Belgique, Luxembourg, Suisse (Tome II-B)
  • Le Bras, G., Hourlier, J., Cocheril, M., 1979: Les ordres religieux, la vie et l'art. Tome 1: Monastères et communautés ; Les Bénédictins ; Les Cisterciens ; Les Chartreux ; Les ordres militaires. Flammarion: Paris. ISBN 2-08-010028-9
  • Schmitz, Philibert, 1942: Histoire de l'ordre de Saint-Benoît (2 vols). Maredsous: Les Éditions de Maredsous

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