The Royal Monastery of Brou

The Royal Monastery of Brou, the Taj Mahal of Bresse, is an architectural marvel that bears witness to the love and history of Margaret of Austria, a princess from the 16th century. Elected as France’s favorite monument in 2014, this masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic, located in Bourg-en-Bresse, is the result of a promise made by Margaret to her late husband, Philibert the Fair, Duke of Savoy. Construction, which began in 1506, impresses with its glazed tiles and sumptuous interior, adorned with flamboyant decorations and refined architectural details, such as the jubé embellished with the initials of the spouses.

Through its stalls, artistic representations, and magnificent tombs, the Royal Monastery of Brou offers an immersion into the history and tragedy of Margaret and Philibert. The visit, which includes a remarkable view from the jubé gallery, also allows exploration of Margaret’s apartments, the municipal museum of fine arts, and the adjacent cloisters. This must-see destination fascinates with its beauty and captivating narrative, inviting visitors to delve into its remarkable history.