2017 France Trip Day One – Abbaye of Vaux de Cernay
The Abbaye of Vaux de Cernay is about one hour south of Paris. We flew into Charles de Gaulle Airport and rented our car for the month, a little Audi A2. The drive to the Abbaye began at about 7:00 AM, so much of it was driving around Paris at rush hour, always an exciting journey but it passed quickly and without incident. Pictured below is the first leg of our trip:
The Abbey was built in 1118 and joined the Cistercian movement in 1148
Cernay was saved by the wife of Nathaniel Rothschild one of the financiers to the British Empire.
The simplicity of Cistercian design is apparent in the modest banding at the spring of the piers. The Abbaye was stolen from the Monks during the French Revolution. The property sold to be demolished by the State of France.
The Spring House at Abbaye Vaux de Cernay
Inside the nave of the ruin of Cernay church, an early Cistercian design. Typical entry stairs down a half level from the entry grade.