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Flaran Abbey: photos, description (Abbaye de Flaran)

Currently, the former Cistercian Abbey of Flaran is a major cultural center and popular tourist attraction in the Gers. It is a Museum whose exhibitions are dedicated to local art, archaeological finds and the pilgrimage route "Way of St. James, one of the branches of which in the Middle ages stood and flourished the Abbey of Flaran.

In the complex of the monastery has preserved several buildings: the Romanesque Church typical appearance, the hall of the Chapter, dormitory, and cloisters, and the monastery garden.

The Abbey was founded in 1151 in the period when the recently established Cistercian order was active and founded monasteries everywhere. Flaran was founded by the monks of the Abbey of Escalade, which in turn ascended to the Abbey Marimon one of the most influential monasteries of the order.

Place for the monastery was chosen on the left Bank of the river Baïse. One hundred years later, near the Abbey of Flaran was founded by the town of valence-sur-Baïse located 70 kilometers from Toulouse. The monastery, which had generous donors had already owned a lot of land on both banks of the river and, together with the counts d'armagnac acted as the founder of the city. The location of the monastery on one of the branches of the Camino de Santiago contributed to the growth of its wealth, however, the hundred years war made prosperous period in the history of the Abbey. While the monastery was plundered, and then burned in the years of religious wars. After the restoration and settlement of new monks, the monastery was placed under the regime of commenda and continued its extinction.

During the great French revolution, when the monastery was only a few monks, the monastery was nationalized, sold to a private person and was abandoned. In the 70-ies of the last century by the owner of the old Abbey was the Gers, and after the restoration it was converted into a Museum which presents the history of the community itself.