Abbey d'Aulps

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The Abbey d'Aulps

Founded around 1094, the Abbey d'Aulps is a jewel of Cistercian architecture of the Haute-Savoie. The tour includes a unique explanation of the daily life of the monks in the medieval Abbey.

Brief summary of history

Located 800 metres above sea level in the heart of the Alps, the Abbey d'Aulps is developed aroound 1094 by Saint-Guérin a Cistercian monk, Bishop of Sion. The monks joined the Cistercian order in 1136, the Abbey d'Aulps became one of the most important monasteries of the medieval Savoy.

In 1792, the monks were driven out. Then the Abbey Church is largely destroyed with explosives in 1823 by locals who then used the stones for the reconstruction of their burned parish church. Until 1998, the Abbey became a farm.

An interpretive centre

The tour includes an interpretation centre, housed in the old monastic farm. It presents the daily life of the monks of a mountain Abbey in the middle ages. You can see the remains of the Abbey Church, the cellars, gardens, the gatehouse (the building next door where lived the doorman) and especially the old monastic farmhouse.

The gardens

The gardens of the Abbey are being particularly looked after. The space consists of two terraces. The first hosts the Botanical Garden of medicinal plants (Herbularius), the second is reserved for the medieval Garden (Hortus).

Useful information :

Address :
The Abbey Road,74430 St-Jean-d'Aulps

Prices :
Entrance Adults €6
Children (6-16 years) €3

Opening hours :
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm - between June 15 and September 15

Open from December 15 to November 10

(closed Saturday) 2 pm to 6:30 pm

Free of charge.

Where to stay:

All accommodation