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.
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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 - www.premontre.fr 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.