Photographer's Note

Baume-les-Messieurs is a commune in the Jura department in Franche-Comté in eastern France.

The village lies within the most extensive of the steephead valleys of the Jura escarpment, the Reculée de Baume. It is therefore almost surrounded by limestone cliffs about 200m high. The River Seille has its source within the Reculée and flows through the village. A short tributary of the Seille, the River Dard, merges with the Seille at Baume; at the source of the Dard, also within the Reculée, there is a notable series of caves.

The village is dominated by the former Baume Abbey, and in consequence has a significant tourist trade, though this mainly involves day visitors.

The Baume Abbey was founded in the early tenth century, as a Benedictine abbey. Its abbot, Berno, was called to found Cluny Abbey in 910; subsequently Baume suffered a century of eclipse, before papal authority gave it in 1147 to Peter the Venerable, abbot of Cluny; dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, Baume, the mother-house of Cluny, became a Cluniac priory.

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