Story of a royal abbey
A little more than 775 years ago, King St Louis founded the abbey of Royaumont. The choice of the site with a strong water presence enabled the installation of hydraulic equipment necessary to the Cistercian monks ’daily lives. The latter occupied the place until the French revolution.
In 1791, the Abbey was converted into a cotton mill by the monks, then, from 1869, into a novitiate by the nuns who undertook the first great renovation works.
At the beginning of the XIX century, the Abbey was bought by the Gouïn family who created the Royaumont Gouïn-Lang foundation, for the progress of human sciences, in 1964.
Today the Abbey still stands in the heart of marshes and wood lands in a protected area near a bird sanctuary.
Reconstitution de l'église abbatiale
The Gardens of the Abbey
The Park of Royaumont results from transformations carried out over significantly different periods.
The Cistercians were the first to shape the landscape and the canals which cross the park are evidence of their mastery in hydraulic systems and landscape gardening. Later, other canals were added and some were converted into ornamental ponds. In the XIX century, the nuns, who lived in Royaumont, designed arborea l alleys and a small grotto, still visible today.
Since 2004, a medieval style garden, “le jardin des neufscarrés”-“the garden of nine squares”,
has been opened to the public. Every three years, it houses a new collection of plants. Designed by Edith Vallet and Olivier Damée, the garden encompasses nine square meters of plants, located in the old kitchens and the monks’ refectory.
Incidentally, since June 2010, it has housed a new collection of plants, “the magic plants” used for medicinal purposes and witchcraft.
The ministry of Culture and Communication has then granted the abbey with the label of “outstanding garden”.
The gardens of the Abbey
The Royaumont foundation for the progress of human sciences
The foundation has set up a cultural scheme based on the respect for essential values, such as longevity, socializing, listening, and fidelity.
Its first mission was to maintain the historic building. Then, the foundation has livened up the National Heritage by organizing a programme of cultural events divided into three areas of activities: music, contemporary dance, and a hub of various activities enticing designers to work together.
These research programmes involving training and designing are mainly devised for young professional artists who live in Royaumont.
The broadcasting of these programmes to the general public is done through concerts taking place during the musical season, symposiums, Rooms with a view, workshops, colloquium,discovery training periods, outdoor concerts, and publications.
Royaumont also accommodates companies, societies, international groups, residential and day seminars all year round.
The musical season
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