France, travels

summer 2014 trip {7}

My post today will take you to a special place, Cîteaux Abbey, founded in 1098. by a group of monks from Molesme Abbey.

The Cistercian order takes its name from this mother house of Cîteaux. During the Hundred Years War, the monastery was pillaged in 1360 (when the monks sought refuge in Dijon), 1365, 1434 and 1438.

In the beginning of the 16th century, the abbey was a strong community of about 200 members. The abbey was badly hit by the French Wars of Religion.

The abbey then slowly declined for the next century. In 1698, the abbey only had 72 professed monks.

In 1791, during the French Revolution, the abbey was seized and sold by the government.

In 1898, the remains of the abbey were bought back and repopulated by monks of other abbeys. The monks, faithful to a tradition of manual work, sell their products to the public : the well reputed Cîteaux cheese, but also honey sweets and caramels.

(source : Wikipedia)

Now there will be plenty of photos, I prefered to post them all at once instead of dividing this post in half. So enjoy the beauty of Cîteaux !

that's my son U (10) here

that's my son U (10) here

this one may be one of my favorite photos taken in Burgundy ...

this one may be one of my favorite photos taken in Burgundy ...

I bought this beautiful vase at the abbey shop but was made in this other abbey (also in Burgundy)

I bought this beautiful vase at the abbey shop but was made in this other abbey (also in Burgundy)

I hope you enjoyed this new series of photos. A couple of extra posts & I'll be done with my blogging about our trip in Burgundy in August.

ox

Sonia