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Monastère royal de Brou à Bourg-en-Bresse

A flamboyant Gothic masterpiece built out of love at the dawn of the Renaissance.

The royal church of Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse was built between 1505 and 1532 by Margaret of Austria as a monument to the memory of her husband, Philibert the Fair, Duke of Savoy. It is a masterpiece of the Flamboyant Gothic style and is richly ornamented with magnificent tombs, a fine altarpiece, statues and choir stalls that testify to the artistry of 16th century Flemish craftsmen. 
A museum is housed in the monastic buildings.

Monastère royal de Brou
63, boulevard de Brou
01000 Bourg-en-Bresse
> tel.: (33) (0)4 74 22 83 83
fax: (33) (0)4 74 24 76 70

brou@monuments-nationaux.fr

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Offers

> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
(church,cloisters, museum)
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian
Reservations: 1 week
Duration: 2 hrs

> Guided tour (church, cloisters)
French
Reservations: 2 weeks
Duration: 1 hr

> Audio-guide tour (church, cloisters, museum)
French, English, German, Italian, Dutch
Reservations: 2 weeks
Duration: 2 hrs

> Tours and special workshops
Tour in sign language and visit esp. designed for visually impaired people
Reservations: 2 weeks
Duration: 1 hr to 1 hr 30 min

Practical information

Opening hours

N.B.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

From 2 January to 31 March

Open every day 9.00-12.00 / 14.00-17.00

From 1st April to 30 June

Open every day 9.00-12.30 / 14.00-18.00

From 1st July to 30 September

Open every day 9.00-18.00

From 1st October to 31 December

Open every day 9.00-12.00 / 14.00-17.00

Closing dates

January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th and December 25th.

Access

Bourg-en-Bresse Monastère de Brou
63 boulevard de Brou
01000 Bourg-en-Bresse
Ph. : Infos : 04 74 22 83 83 / Rés. groupes : 04 74 22 83 83Fax : 33 4 74 24 76 70

By car

From Mâcon: A 40, exit n° 7 & N 75 to Bourg-en-Bresse. From Lyon: A 42, exit n° 7 & N 75 to Bourg-en-Bresse

By train

SNCF : TGV Paris - Bourg-en-Bresse 2h (direct). From the station, 15 mn by foot or bus 3 or 8 to the station "champ de foire" , changing for the bus 5, station "église de Brou".

Suggestions

Useful addresses:

Bourg-en-Bresse Tourist Office
Guided tour in English, German and Italian
tel.: (33) (0)4 74 22 49 40

Ain Tourisme
tel.: (33) (0)4 74 32 31 30
www.ain-tourisme.com

Loisirs Accueil de l’Ain (packages for groups)
tel.: (33) (0)4 74 23 82 66

Nearby national monuments:
60 km - Abbey of Cluny
104 km - Château of Voltaire in Ferney