This monastic complex composed of a church and three cloisters is a masterpiece of Gothic art.
In 1506, Marguerite of Austria ordered the construction of a monastery in memory of her husband Philibert le Beau, duke of Savoie, who died in 1504. This building would shelter the tombs of Philibert, Marguerite and her mother.
To build (1513 to 1532) and decorate the church, Marguerite, who in the meantime became the Regent of the Netherlands where the Gothic style was all the rage, called upon Dutch artists and builders.
This explains the Flemish-style architecture and decor, which is especially noticeable in the chancel with its finely carved stalls, the warm-coloured stained-glass windows and the tombs where Gothic sculpture appears in all its splendour.
The monastery was entrusted to the Augustines. This monastic order was founded following a letter written by St. Augustine dating from the High Middle Ages.© Philippe Halle / 123RF
The creation of the Royal Monastery of Brou was commissioned by Margaret of Austria, the daughter of Emperor Maximilian the 1st of Hapsburg.© Philippe Halle / 123RF
Construction started in 1506. Margaret of Austria herself chose the site managers, the painters and the sculptors needed to build it.© Philippe Halle / 123RF
The church of the Royal Monastery of Brou has been listed as a historical monument since 1862.© Philippe Halle / 123RF
Margaret of Austria's tomb lies at the centre of the monastery. It was her who had it built, at the beginning of the 16th century.© Philippe Halle / 123RF