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same as it ever was
France 2012 
21st-Jun-2012 03:58 pm
cruising log
Although we didn't get a cruise this year, we did take time out from working on the boat to explore the area around St Quentin.











Prémontré Abbaye




Aerial view giving some idea of the scale of the site

One of our first 'away days' was spent at Prémontré as MWNN wanted to see Prémontré Abbey,  the mother house of the Premonstratensian Order. I forgot to take my camera so have raided the web for these images.



Of the old abbey as it was from the 12th to the 16th centuries hardly
anything remains, but three large buildings of the 17th and 18th
centuries are still standing, part of one of which is used as a church,
dedicated to Saint Norbert







Since 1867, the main buildings have been used as a psychiatric hospital. There are no 'inmates' any more , just staff of the Centre Hospitalier de Prémontré. We were unable to see inside any of the buildings as it was Sunday and no one (apart from one 'patient' with attached medical attendant) was there.



It was easy to get some idea of the scale of the Abbey as it was in the 12th century, as the approach is around the outer wall. The remains are the size of a village set amid the vast acres belonging to the Commune of Prémontré.









 








Comments 
24th-Jun-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Love it when you share pics of places I would probably otherwise never see or know about.
25th-Jun-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
Thank you.

We're so very lucky that we can go to places that are little known outside their region in France (and England) . Having a boat has provided so many opportunities to do this.
24th-Jun-2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Those are truly lovely grounds.
25th-Jun-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
It was quite a surprise to find that the whole town was once part of the Abbey. It's a glimpse of earlier centuries.
26th-Jun-2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
Very nice to see you posting and thank you for sharing your pictures.
26th-Jun-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
It seems like ages. I reasoned that even though we haven't had a cruise since 2010, we were still managing to do some touring by road, using the boat as a base.

These are not my pics, by the way, I forgot to take my camera so I 'borrowed' these from the www.
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