The Monastère Royal de Brou – symbol of Bresse and of love



The façade lit up in the colours of the setting sun


The skyline of Bourg-en-Bresse is marked by the silhouette of the Monastère Royal de Brou, now the symbol of the Bresse capital. You will at first be drawn in by the beautiful stone filigree on the façade and inside the building, but will undoubtedly leave charmed by the love story at the origin of the monastery’s construction.

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.

Find out everything you need to know about the show here


Practical information

Opening hours

From 01/04 to 30/09/2023
Opening hours daily between 9 am and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st.

From 01/10/2023 to 31/03/2024
Opening hours daily between 9 am and 5 pm.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.


Adult: 9.50 €.

Free entry for children < 26 years.

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The French’s favourite monument

In 2014, a televised competition crowned the Monastère Royal de Brou “the French’s Favourite Monument”!

“Extraordinary monument to love”

 “One of the most impressive motifs celebrating the lives of significant women in Christianity. While the church is a mausoleum for Phillip, his mother, and Margaret, the artisans left extraordinary sculptures, stained glass windows, and choir chairs that are classified among the best. On this trip, the monastery was my favorite.”   Reviewed 18th May 2017 by Kwassie

“An extraordinary Gothic church”

“The church that is part of the Monastere is really worth the trip. Flemish Gothic style and extremely well conserved the Monastere really shows what it was built for — gratitude to God for keeping the husband alive and Love. If you can, wait for the guide to give you explanations while visiting — our guide made the visit outstanding.” – Reviewed 2nd March 2017 by Tony M

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