Photographer's Note

The Royaumont Abbey, located 35km north of Paris has been founded in 1228 by the french king saint Louis. Monks lived in the abbey until the French Revolution in 1789. In 1792, the church was destroyed (just ruins can be seen today). The new owner, marquis de Travanet used the stones of the church to build a mill in Royaumont. In the 19th century, the sisters from Sainte Famille from Bordeaux started to renovate the abbey. The renovation was completed during the 20th Century by the new owners, the Gouin family. which set up the current cultural centre. In 1964, Henry and Isabel GoŘin created the Royaumont Foundation (Fondation GoŘin-Lang pour le ProgrŔs des Sciences de l'Homme), the first private French cultural foundation.

This statue of an unknown Saint was displayed at an exposition when I visited the abbey during a trek through the forests of this beautiful region.

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