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Hautecombe Abbey

Listed under Monasteries in Rhone-Alps, France.

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First a Cistercian then Benedictine monastery, this is where the royal family of Savoy, which was the nation this bit of France can under, were buried for hundreds of years. Amadeus, Count of Savoy founded the abbey in the 12th Century, which is one of the reasons his family came to receive burial here.

Sold at the end of the 18th Century, the building became a china factory, but was later restored again and re-founded as Cistercian, this time in Gothic-Romantic shell.

Most of the tombs inside are sadly reproduced, but some of the 300 or so statues and frescos with which the walls are decorated are real, and quite beautiful.

Written by  Sarah Knighton.

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