Ambronay Abbey was founded in the early 9th century by St Bernard de Romans and was home to a community of Benedictine monks until the French Revolution. The abbey is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with some of its buildings dating from the 10th, 13th and 15th centuries. Today the abbey is a centre for early classical and religious music and is well known for its annual baroque music festival which takes place during September and October.
During the early Middle Ages, Ambronay Abbey was self-governing, answering only to Rome. From 1282 onwards, it fell under the protection of the Dukes of Savoy. The abbey became involved in the border disputes between the Dukes and the King of France. This resulted in the abbey being heavily fortified. Today one can discover the Dauphine Tower, the Archives Tower, Saint Jacques and Saint Catherine’s Chapel and the cloister which houses a magnificent renaissance staircase. One can also see the chapter room and the sacristy which were central to monastic life. The abbey is home to the Ambronay Cultural Centre which promotes religious and baroque music, with several concerts taking place throughout the year.
The abbey can be visited throughout the year and is open daily 09:00 to 18:00 in summer and 09:00 to 16:00 in winter (closed during Christmas and New Years Day). There are guided tours available in French and English.
From 01/01 to 31/12, daily.
- Free leaflet available at the reception of the Cultural Center, presenting tourist information.
- Birthdays at the Abbey for 5 to 11 year olds.
The children spend a playful and educational afternoon, conducting activities on the site. Possible all year round.
Price: 90 € for 15 children - booking required.
Office de Tourisme Pérouges Bugey Plaine de l'Ain - 13/11/2018
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Full price: 2 to 7 €
Tarif réduit: 0 to 5 €
Audioguide: 3 €
Group adults: 45 to 350 €
Group children: 55 to 150 €
Set price group adults: 100 €.
Free entry for children < 6 years, press.
Free individual visit
Group visit: please contact the persons in charge.