The Benedictine Abbey of Ambronay, a token of History
Gothic in style, majestic in character, the abbey enjoyed sovereignty for many centuries, commanding a vast territory, before being placed under the protection of the Count of Savoy. Since 880, the time of its construction, the abbey has witnessed an eventful past through different regimes and a variety of roles. This has left its mark on the abbey, giving it the unique feel of those special places where one likes to retreat for a few hours, surrounded by ancient stone walls. Consequently, life in Ambronay never vacated the walls when the monks left, and art now breathes a new lease of life into the grounds.
The Cultural Meeting Centre, where Baroque music takes centre stage
Ambronay now enjoys international renown as the meeting place for Baroque music lovers and experts who have been coming here for the September music festival since 1989. At the end of summer every year, the church sees the biggest names in early classical music take to the stage, inspired by a central theme, such as “Metamorphosis”, “Myths and Mysteries” or “Celebrations”. The festival also includes masterclasses, conferences and workshops as well as listening sessions so that those who are new to Baroque music can discover this musical world and appreciate its charm.
Listen to an excerpt from the concert in the abbey’s Gothic church