Chef d'oeuvre of an emperor's daughter, this jewel of Gothic ranked among the hundred most beautiful churches in France will fascinate you with the exuberance and finesse of its architecture.
From the Gallery at the jube, one of the very few still existing in France, you will enjoy an exceptional view of the choir and tombs.
The Monastère Royal de Brou is best known for Saint Nicolas’s Church. Designed in the flamboyant gothic style by the Flemish architect Loys Van Boghem, it took 25 years to build and was consecrated in 1532. The church was built on the instructions of Marguerite of Austria the daughter of the Austrian Emperor Maximilian, in memory of her late husband Philibert le Beau, Duke of Savoy, who died at the age of 24 leaving Marguerite broken hearted. Both Philibert’s and Marguerite’s tombs are located in the centre of the church. The church is wonderfully decorated with paintings by Jan Van Roome and Bernard Van Orley and sculptures by Conrad Meyt. The monastery was home to a community of Augustinian monks up until the French Revolution. Today the Monastère Royal de Brou houses an art gallery with works from various French, Italian, Belgian and Dutch artists from the 17th century up to the present day as well as a library containing over 12,000 books on the subject of art history. Located in historical Bourg-en-Bresse the Monastère Royal de Brou is the highlight of any visit to Ain.
Starting in the summer of 2018, enjoy a completely redesigned visit with the opening of the apartments of Marguerite of Austria, devoted to her exceptional destiny.
From 01/01 to 31/12, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.
- From October 1st to March 31:
from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm
- From April 1st to 30 June:
from 9am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 6pm
- From July 1st to 30 September: from 9am to 6pm (non stop)
(Last access: 30 'before closing; evacuation of the monument 15 'before closing)
Jusqu'au jeudi 15 février 2018 inclus l’église du monastère royal de Brou ne sera pas accessible au public. La nef reste fermée une semaine de plus, mais le chœur est accessible.
Office de Tourisme de la Communauté d'Agglomération du Bassin de Bourg-en-Bresse - 15/02/2018
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Tarif réduit: 6.50 €
Adult: 8 €.
Free entry for press, Job-seeker.
Group rate available for > 20 people.
- For under 18
- For 18-25 years the EU and non-European permanent residents of the French territory
- Disabled people and their carer
- Job seekers
(On presentation of a certificate of less than 6 months)
reduced rates, groups and school groups: contact the monument.
Ticket available at Brou Monastery and the tourist office - 6 avenue Alsace Lorraine.
Phone : 04 74 22 83 83
Fax : 04 74 24 76 70
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.monastere-de-brou.fr
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MonastereRoyalDeBrou/?fref=ts
Until Thursday, February 15, 2018 the church of the Royal Monastery of Brou will not be open to the public. The three cloisters and the museum remain accessible during this period, with an adapted entrance fee: € 6.5 full price (instead of € 8). Visitors will continue to discover the exhibition Quel Chantier! , perpetuated, and test the virtual immersion, proposed with extended schedules.
In order to allow the public to discover the church despite everything, virtual immersion schedules are expanded. Equipped with a 3D helmet, the visitor is invited to dive into the heart of the reconstructed Brou church. He discovers the polychrome pavements of the choir and the tomb of Gorrevod, as they existed before their disappearance * (virtual immersion: free access to visitors at the expense (entrance to the 2nd cloister) without reservation, from 10am to 12pm and 14:30 at 4.30 pm, until February 9, 2018) ..