Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy, Rochefort

„Curvata Resurgo“/“Bent, I stand up again“ is the motto of the Trappist Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy near Rochefort from 1664 that clearly reflects its changing fortunes. This is the second Trappist abbey, which I am showing here (after Orval) of only 11 monasteries in the world Continue reading



A legend tells that Countess Mathilda of Tuscany dropped her wedding ring in the water while she was sitting on the edge of a fountain. After a long and fruitless search, she prayed to God and a trout emerged from the water with her ring in its mouth. (Today this is the symbol and coat of arms of the abbey). The Countess exclaimed: „Truly, this place is a Val d’Or“ (Val d’Or translated from the French means Golden Valley). And to express her gratitude, she decided to build a monastery on the spot.

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