Senlis and Royaumont (January 2018)


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Cathedral Notre-Dame of Senlis:


This cathedral was built in the second half of the 12th century. The transepts and the side portals were rebuilt in the mid 16th century after a fire.


View from behind the former episcopal palace, which now hosts the Museum of Art and Archeology.


North portal. The small timber-framed house with pink bricks on the right is an old library.








Stained-glass windows.



Royaumont Abbey:


Founded in 1228 by King Louis IX, then aged 14 and future Saint Louis, it is the 599th Cistercian abbey. After the French Revolution its monks were expulsed and it was converted into a cotton mill. In 1863 it returned to religious life. During the 1914-18 war it was used by the Red Cross and became the Scottish Women′s Hospital at Royaumont. In 1964 its owners donated the monument to the Foundation Royaumont. Today, it is the best-preserved former Cistercian abbey in the Ile-de-France region.


View of the abbey from the entrance of the park: latrine building on the left, monks′ building in the middle, and 36-m high church tower on the right. The church that stood on the right of the monks′ building was dismantled during the French Revolution and used as a stone quarry.





The cloister gallery and gardens.







The monks′ kitchen.



The monks′ refectory and some of its circular stained-glass windows.



The lay brothers′ refectory.


The 9-square garden adjacent to the monks′ kitchen and refectory hall (only the latter is visible in the photo).


Left: tombstone of Petronille, wife of Knight Reli de Mareuil (1280). Right: Polychrome oak statue of the Suffering Virgin (16th century).


Gilded and polychrome wooden statues of saints (16th century).



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