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THE PRIORY OF SAINT MICHEL DE CROUTTES, THE SUCCESSFUL ALLIANCE BETWEEN VEGETAL AND STONE.

THE PRIORY OF SAINT MICHEL DE CROUTTES, THE SUCCESSFUL ALLIANCE BETWEEN VEGETAL AND STONE. (35 photos) Send this reportage Send this reportage
The hamlet of Crouttes, with its 250 souls, in the heart of the district of Augeornais, France, can be proud of having the splendid priory of Saint Michel on his land.
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THE PRIORY OF SAINT MICHEL DE CROUTTES, THE SUCCESSFUL ALLIANCE BETWEEN
VEGETAL AND STONE.
The hamlet of Crouttes, with its 250 souls, in the heart of the
district of Augeornais, France, can be proud of having the splendid
priory of Saint Michel on his land.
Built in the 10th century by the abbey of Jumièges, this priory is an
archetype of medieval monastic farming. The chapel, the tithing barn and
the surrounding wall were built later in the 13th century.
At the end of the 16th century, the lands were spread over 860 ha and the
priory was not anymore property of Crouttes. Its administrator was a
collector, kind of secular sharecropper at the abbey¹s service. After the
French revolution, the collector acquired the lands. It was kept in the
same family till 1984. At that time, the family of
famous painter Edgar Chahine bought it. The new owners restored the whole building
(chapel, tithing barn, storeroom, press house, priorial dwelling, bakery,
dairy, stable). They also created gardens and walk enclosure. Since it was
bought out in june 2002 by Jean-Pierre and Viviane Ulrich, the Saint Michel
priory has been the object of a big campaign of renovation and restoration.