Meet Didier Poupinel, the owner of a 900 year old Cistercian abbey in France, l’Abbaye Notre-Dame du Reclus. In this episode, you’ll learn what Cistercian means, you’ll hear about the history of the buildings and what life was like for the monks who used to live there. You’ll also find out how France categorises its historical monuments and how the maintenance is done. The abbey can be visited and you can even sleep on the domain!
[05 min 13 sec ] A brief history of the Cistercian abbey
[08 min 20 sec] The monks of the abbey
[10 min 34 sec] What does “Cistercian” mean?
[11 min 35 sec] The story behind some carvings on the wall
[13 min 31 sec] The buildings forming the abbey
[16 min 25 sec] Buying and maintaining the abbey
[20 min 20 sec] Historical renovations
[21 min 05 sec] Noteworthy historical findings
[22 min 30 sec] The role of the State in helping keep historical buildings alive
[25 min 58 sec] Visit the abbey…or stay for the night!
[28 min 33 sec] Saint Jacques de Compostelle
Links & Resources
- Website : http://www.abbayedureclus.fr/
- Video about the abbey : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mnYl1iMDg0
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