Flaran Abbey Abbeys, Collégiates, Churches, Priories in Valence-sur-Baïse

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:30 am - 12:30 am 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Opens at 09:30 am

Useful information

Location : Village

Province : Navarrenx and Gers des Gaves

Services

  • open 7/7
  • English
    • Flaran Abbey : Visit a great exceptional site !

      THE CISTERCIAN ABBEY OF FLARAN (XII°-XVIII°S.), CROSSROADS OF HISTORY AND CULTURES

      Daughter of Escaladieu (Hautes-Pyrénées), founded in 1151 in the valley of the Baïse, the Abbey of Flaran is one of the best preserved in southwestern France. The monastic buildings and the gardens located in the heart of a park, in a preserved natural environment on the banks of the Baïse, present a perfect illustration of a Cistercian ensemble from the 12th century reworked until the 18th century. Marked by historical vicissitudes, sold during the Revolution and in danger of being dismantled before the First World War, the site was bought by the Department of Gers in 1970, which carried out an intense restoration campaign there in the 1980s.

      Since 2000, the abbey of Flaran, departmental heritage center, the heart of the Gers museum network, has housed the Departmental Heritage and Museum Conservation/Flaran, the Department of Museums and Heritage for the Department ; throughout the year, the latter develops numerous scientific and cultural activities through a rich and diversified program. Open all year round, welcoming the highest number of visitors in Gers as it is a public and paying site, with full accessibility to its spaces and justifying, from 2011 and 2018, the label "great site Armagnac, Abbey and cities ”of the Occitanie region, the abbey of Flaran has become an essential heritage and cultural reference in the departmental and regional landscape.

      A RICH AND DIVERSIFIED ANNUAL PROGRAM

      Betting on a will and a cultural expectation in a department marked by agriculture and rurality, Heritage Conservation, supported by the departmental community, has chosen to offer all its audiences events and exhibitions in resonance with this remarkable site, the collections of the museums of the network or the departmental heritage in the broad sense. At the heart of the cultural policy of the Departmental Council of Gers, the Abbey of Flaran has been the site, since 2000, of reference exhibitions which alternate the most diverse themes, from Antiquity to the contemporary era, and offers, all year round, retrospective exhibitions of artists or more fun events, Contemporary Art or Archeology, Comics or Photography, which follow one another in as many appointments with external audiences, in summer discovery, or local visitors, individuals, schools or families...

      A REFERENCE COLLECTION

      Since July 2004, the abbey of Flaran has also hosted an exceptional collection of original works by renowned artists, representative of European Art from the 16th to the 21st century, deposited, by agreement, by Mr. Michaël Simonow, owner . In order to accommodate it, the monks' dormitory (18th century) has undergone a major renovation, precautionary measures for the works exhibited and brought up to standard with regard to the public with reduced mobility or with disabilities. (ramps, elevator, etc…).

      From now on, the works are the subject of a semi-permanent presentation in the dormitory cells, while the corridor and the vestibule (over 400m2), host the temporary exhibitions linked to the collection.

      On a biannual basis, accompanied by an attractive catalog, they take an interest in the major trends in the History of the Arts: Portrait, landscapes, animals and chimeras, still lifes... etc...

      Young or old, individually or with the family, this exceptional collection is intended for all those who wish to take a wonderful journey into the heart of the artistic movements of our European societies.

      ORIGINAL SYSTEMS AND INCENTIVES FOR CULTURAL DISCOVERIES

      To do this and with the support of the Departmental Assembly, Heritage Conservation implements annually and throughout the network around Flaran :

      Original and incentive pricing systems to welcome the widest audience: low entry cost (€5/adult) and school activities (€1.5/student) ; free on the first Sunday of each month from November to March (local public); free during national events; free for disabled visitors, supervisors, holders of the "cultural pass" or job seekers...

      A rich and diverse program of cultural and museographic activities (permanent and temporary exhibitions), in various themes ranging from Archeology to Contemporary Art...

      A program of fun educational activities and entertainment across the network...

      A referential mediation policy with regard to families, young people and schools and/or people with disabilities or with disabilities ...

      A publishing activity interesting the departmental heritage, the exhibitions or the artists hosted...

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Traveller Reviews Flaran Abbey

4.4 sur 5 995 reviews

  • Daniel Sharpe

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Daniel Sharpe on 23/06/2023

    A very relaxing and interesting place to go and spend a few hours learning some new history and looking around the Abbey and Gardens. There is art on display too which is nice to view in a relaxed environment. No coffee shop but there is shaded parking under the trees if you can so nice for a picnic. It is 15 kilometers from Condom and also the same from Montréal if you want a nice Café au lait!

  • ntonckens

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by ntonckens on 14/08/2021

    Beautiful small abbey. Very nicely restored. Dates back from 1151. Beautiful private art collection. The surroundings and gardens are beautiful. Serenity surrounds the area. Well worth a visit.

  • Gareth Edwards

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Gareth Edwards on 03/10/2023

    Three different experiences in one location. A superb abbey that has been lovingly restored to its original state. An art gallery with an fantastic and eclectic variety of paintings and sculptures from the likes of Dali, Rodin and Brossard. And finally a beautiful potager garden with a variety of herbs and vegetables. A lovely place to visit.

Traveller Reviews Flaran Abbey

4.5 sur 5 271 reviews

  • "The best and worst of France"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by TheBeckhams421 (London, United Kingdom) on 25/09/2023

    No question this site is well worth a detour. As others have said, the former monastery is home to a major collection of art, works which merit a far wider audience than we witnessed on a Monday...

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  • "Astonishment in the middle of nowhere"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by St_Ogpan (London, United Kingdom) on 23/08/2022

    Begun in the 12th century, the main abbey buildings are fine examples of some good, solid Romanesque architecture. It's Cistercian, so there probably wasn't much in the way of decoration, and what...

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  • "Worth stopping for"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by BruceFarquhar (Nelson, New Zealand) on 06/03/2022

    I highly recommend a visit here if you have an interest in art, history or architecture. The displays are well done. There is a collection of amazing art as well as five pieces by Salvador Dali Give...

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Flaran Abbey

Address

Abbaye de Flaran
32310 Valence-sur-Baïse

Contacts

Phone : 05 31 00 45 75

GPS coordinates

43° 53'24.63"N, 0° 22'23.79"E

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