Summary Page:  Former House

Name:  Prémontré, S. Joann. Bapt.

Circary at the Time: Francia

Years of Activity: 1120-1790

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Monasticon Praemonstratense (II, 521)

Approximate modern location: Northeast of Paris, south of San Quentin, northwest of Reims, southwest of Laon, east of Noyon, in a solitary valley, a short distance northwest of the regional capital, Anizy-le-Chateau, Dep. de l'Aisne.  

Special Note:  Planning a visit to Prémontré - Click Here

Elm-Number [See below]: 172*

Other Comments: From the 12th through the 18th centuries, the headquarters of the Premonstratensian Order.  Converted from a desolate swamp with only a small Benedictine chapel of St. Victor (which still stands in ruins on the property) a huge complex of Libraries, Abbey Churches, Residences, Guest-houses, Refectories, Meeting Rooms, Administrative Offices and Storehouses grew to fill much of the valley.  It was taken and largely destroyed by a mob during the French Revolution in 1790.  It is now a mental / psychological hospital and has its own website - on the internet.  It is still a great place of pilgrimage for Friends of the Order, and visitors are permitted on portions of the grounds (see 'Planning a visit' above).  Order headquarters are now in Rome.  

* This listing (and the numbers, with a few adjustments after 1995) is based on the map contained in Kaspar Elm's Norbert von Xanten: Adliger, Ordensstifter, Kirchenfürst, Wienand Verlag, Köln, 1984, page 328-329.