The Aulps Abbey, located in the French Alps, near Morzine, does not leave you indifferent, when we pass by, its remains give it a mysterious air and transport us a few centuries ago.
An abbey from the 12th century
The Aulps abbey was founded at the end of the 11th century in the heart of the Chablais Prealps. Its monks affiliated with the Cistercian Order in 1136. It became one of the most important monasteries in medieval Savoy. The buildings were largely destroyed in 1823. Until 1998, the monastic estate was a farm. Covering an area of three hectares, the Aulps Abbey estate is located 800 meters above sea level. It houses the remains of the abbey, the cellars, the gardens, the gatehouse and above all the old monastic farm.
The daily life of the monks in the Middle Ages
The latter houses an interpretation center, unique in France, dedicated to the daily life of the monks of a mountain abbey in the Middle Ages. The abbey gardens are also the subject of special care with the creation of a botanical garden (herbularius) and a vegetable garden (hortus). The Sainte-Marie d’Aulps abbey is a real architectural treasure of medieval Savoy …