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St. Bernard of Clairvaux, at Fontaine-les-Dijon (France)
St. Bernard, one of the founders of the Cistercian order, was born in 1090 in the castle of Fontaine-les-Dijon, built by his father, Tescelin le Roux, on the Butte de Fontaine for the purpose of keeping watch on the route from Dijon to Châtillon sur Seine. The building was redesigned in the 17th century to become the royal monastery of the Feuillants (a reformed branch of the Cistercians) under the patronage of King Louis XIII of France and Anne of Austria. In 1881, the buildings, severely damaged during the French Revolution, were restored and transformed, taking on the appearance they have today. Currently, the site is home to the parish church of St. Bernard, built at the end of the 14th century, and the house where St. Bernard was born, restored in the 19th century.

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