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Located in the heart of Burgundy, about 13 miles south of Dijon, Cîteaux Abbey is the mother house of the Cistercian family. Cluniac abbot Robert of Molesmes left his abbey in 1098 and founded a new monastery in the forest of Cîteaux. The abbey only took off with the arrival of the young Bernard de Fontaine, the future St. Bernard of Clairvaux. After the looting of the Hundred Years War, the Revolution destroyed much of the abbey, sparing only the 16th-century library and a main building from the 17th century.

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