Brou, a royal monument at the centre of France and Savoy’s history
Once upon a time there lived a princess who was madly in love with her prince. But when the prince passed away in a hunting accident, the princess became inconsolable. She had a tombstone built in his memory, one that would measure up to the love she held for him, a masterpiece of the art of her time.
This sad tale is the story of Margaret of Austria and Philibert II, Duke of Savoy. The Church and Monastery of Brou bear witness to this period in the history of France – to our great enjoyment.
It has a Flamboyant Gothic style, and visitors are struck by the sheer size of the building and the lighting, but above all the delicately carved lace-like stone and intricate patterns which cover the front of the church, as well as both the rood screen and Margaret and Philibert’s tombstones.
A hub of culture and events
A visit of the Monastère Royal de Brou must of course include the church, but don’t miss the adjoining monastery and its 3 peaceful cloisters which now house a fine art museum. The collection is rich in French, Flemish and Italian paintings from the 15th to the 20th century, sculptures from the 12th to the 17th century and stunning temporary exhibitions.
The Royal Monastery also proposes a wide range of themed tours, workshops for children and concerts in summer, including the festival “A la folie… pas du tout !”. From June to September, lights take over the façade as night falls and a unique show takes place: “The Colours of Love” (Couleurs d’Amour), further accentuating the beauty of the monument and of course its history.