Port-Royal Abbey was an abbey in Paris that was a stronghold of Jansenism. It was first built in 1626 to relieve pressure of numbers on the mother house at Port-Royal-des-Champs.Famous people who stayed here include Marie de Rohan, intriguer during the Fronde; Jeanne Baptiste d'Albert de Luynes, future mistress of a duke of Savoy; Marie Angélique de Fontanges, mistress of Louis XIV, died here giving birth to his child who also died.It was closed down in 1790, at the beginning of the French Revolution and from 1793 used as a prison under the name Prison de Port-libre or Prison de la Bourbe. Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes (lawyer for Louis XVI during his trial) and Madame de Tourzel, former governess of the "children of France", were held here.Today its main cloister (illustration) forms part of the modern Hôpital Cochin.Notable PatronsBlaise PascalJacqueline Pascal, sister of Blaise PascalMadame du Valois Make Abbaye de Port-Royal part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris day trip planner .
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Cette ancienne abbaye se situe dans le complexe de l'hôpital Cochin au n° 123 boulevard du Port Royal dans le 14 ème arrondissement , dans sa partie Nord et elle est accessible par la station de RER B... more »This former Abbey is located in the complex of the Cochin Hospital at no. 123 boulevard Port Royal in the 14th arrondissement, in the northern part, and it is accessible by the RER B station "Port Royal". In 1626 the Cistercian Abbey of Port Royal des Champs, located in the Valley of Chevreuse, wants to have a dependence near Paris and avoid problems of epidemics. On the site of a mansion, the Abbey of Port Royal des Champs is built and completed in 1648 in the classical style dominant at the time. The buildings and the chapel still exist and you can visit the cloister that lies in the middle of buildings serving the administration of the hospital. An indoor garden with lawn and trimmed yew is surrounded by the Gallery of the cloister, which is still well preserved. The Abbey and cloister are classic as the buildings of the convent, with large windows on two floors, in a style quite a few demonstrative, like the rest of the buildings. The Port Royal Boulevard you can see the buildings of the Abbey as well as the Chapel, which can be visited during services Sunday. This place was also a home of Jansenism in the 17th century and the sisters were hunted in 1664 and replaced by sisters visiting the sick. During the revolution in 1795, a maternity hospital is created in this place then the maternity of Port royal, is created in 1804.
Le cloître, la chapelle et la salle capitulaire de l'ancienne abbaye ont été conservés et intégrés dans l'hôpital Cochin. Le cloitre abrite la direction de l'établissement more »The cloister, the Chapel and the Chapter Hall of the old Abbey were kept and integrated into the Cochin Hospital. The cloister houses the facility management
Nice peaceful cloister of Cochin hospital.
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