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The Abbey of Saint-Riquier: photo description (Abbaye de Saint-minute drive)

The founder of this Abbey became Rihari - Picardy Saint, lived in this area in the VI-VII centuries. During his life he preached the Christian doctrine to the Gentiles, and built for his followers the monastery, located near his hometown - Centuly. At the ripe old age of Rihari he lived alone in the woods, died, and his body, the disciples moved to Sentul and buried. Erected by the pupils of the tomb became a source of miracles and attracted many pilgrims.

The Abbey is located in the homonymous municipality, the closest to her town is Abbeville. The former is the very Abbey is a cultural centre of Saint-Riquier, there is a Museum and music festivals.

The Abbey belonged to the Benedictine order and had a certain influence in Picardy. During the life of Richaria to the Abbey came by king Dagobert, and at the end of the VIII century Abbey led Angilbert, spiritual mentor of the son of Charlemagne, after the death of canonized saints. When it began the heyday of the monastery, which lasted until 814. When Angilbert in the monastery has been dramatically transformed by the funds received from Charlemagne, including was built three temples. In the same period, the monastery owned the surrounding land, which around the monastery grew the village of Saint Riquier, in the Abbey school was opened, a library and a scriptorium. And guarded the welfare of the monks and the Abbot of a small garrison of a hundred soldiers.

The end of the IX century, was "discovered" in the history of the Abbey a series of raids and destruction. First it was sacked by the Normans, then in the XII century it suffered from the actions of the Comte de Saint-Paul, in the fifteenth - from the battles of the hundred years war, in the sixteenth century during the events of the Franco-Spanish war. The Abbey was regularly restored, but the former influence and prosperity it was unable to return.

After the revolution the monastery was closed and partially destroyed. In 40-ies of the XIX century, the state inspector prosper mérimée made it into the list of historical monuments, due to the reconstruction of the monastery. In the XIX century the monastery housed a hospital and a Seminary. In 1972, the Abbey became the property of the state.