It was built between 1228 and 1235 with the support of Louis IX. Several members of the French Royal family were buried here (and not in Saint Denis Basilica), for example, three children and two grandchildren of Louis IX.
In the early 20th century, the abbey was bought by the Goüin family who in 1964 created the Royaumont Foundation, the first private French cultural foundation. Today, the abbey is a tourist attraction and also serves as a cultural centre.
From January 1915 to March 1919 the Abbey was used as a military hospital by the Scottish Women's Hospitals, under the direction of the French Red Cross. After the war the Chief Medical Officer, Miss Frances Ivens CBE MS(Lond) ChM(Liverp) FRGOG (1870-1944), was awarded membership of the Legion d'Honneur.
On 15 June 1971, Pink Floyd performed live here in front of an audience.
- ↑ Crofton, Eileen (1997). The Women of Royaumont: A Scottish Women's Hospital on the Western Front. Tuckwell Press.
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