The locality first began to grow in the seventh century, with the foundation of the Abbey of Notre Dame by Adon, and its developing influence.
Today, the Abbey houses religious treasures.
The crypt of Saint Paul dates from the Merovingian period (seventh century) counting among the most ancient buildings in Europe. Inside, the three naves house the sarcophagi of the Abbey’s founders, decorated with bas-reliefs typical of seventh century sculpture. Also in the crypt there are marble pillars that show Roman influence.
During the various invasions of the region, the nuns of Jouarre would apparently wall off this crypt, secreting it behind a false chapel.
The church of Saint Pierre-Saint Paul, built in the fifteenth and sixteenth century, holds the reliquaries of the founding saints of the monastery of Notre Dame.
A fifteenth century Pieta in polychrome stone, and a sixteenth century entombment in polychrome limestone, attributed to Michel Colombe, are also worth admiring. The large remaining tower dates from the twelfth century. The monastic buildings of the Abbey of Jouarre date mostly from the eighteenth century.
Spiritual retreats at the Abbey of Jouarre
Retreats with the sisters of Notre Dame de Jouarre
Every day throughout the year.
Closed on Tuesday.
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