Office de Tourisme des Coteaux du Jura

The imperial Abbey of Baume-les-Messieurs is a must-see site in the Jura.
Founded in the 16th century, the building was enlarged by Bernon (a monk) at the end of the 9th and became a famous abbey from where the Cluny founders started.
The development of the abbey of Baume started in the 11th century.
In the 12th century, the abbey took the title of “Imperial Abbey” from a decision made by the emperor Frederic Barbarossa.
In 1147 Baume was taken under the authority of Cluny. It was from this point onwards that its decline began. At the end of the 18th century, the abbey became secular. The monks became canons. At the time of the Revolution, they left the abbey and a part of it was sold off to the public.
This Benedictine abbey, which is part of the Cluniac monasteries, today presents an impressive architectural ensemble, including certain elements that are typical of the early Romanesque art in the Jura.
The abbey church of St Peter, of which the most ancient parts date from the 11th century, has been classed as a Historical Monument since 1849.

 

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