Baume Abbey

[Baume Abbey]
Founded in Baume-les-Messieurs, Jura, France in the early 10th century as a Benedictine abbey. Following the loss of Saint Berno as abbot, Baume suffered a century of eclipse before papal authority gave it in 1147 to Peter the Venerable, abbot of Cluny. Dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, Baume, the mother-house of Cluny, became a Cluniac priory. It stands near the source of the Dard in the Jura, France. Around it the picturesque village of Baume-les-Messieurs is congregated. The abbey is famous for its 16th-century retable. The notorious Jean de Watteville was abbé de Baume. Baume was secularised in 1753 and its canons were expelled in 1790, at the start of the French Revolution, when Baumes-les-Moines became Baume-les-Messeurs. Notable abbots and monks include