Beaulieu

Beaulieu Abbey is one of England's best-known tourist attractions - the family seat of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, and of the National Motor Museum. But it began its life eight centuries ago as an abbey of the sheep and cattle-farming Cistercian order of monks. The site occurs throughout THE FOREST, and is the scene of a romance between a monk and a Forest woman in 'Beaulieu'. (See also Bucklers Hard).




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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