At the closing stages of the 7th Century, Ursmer, the Bishop of Hainaut et Thiérache selected this location as his retirement place and built a chapel in the midst of the forest which immediately attracted pilgrims. In 945, the buildings, now restored and transformed into a monastery, were handed over to Kaddroe, a Scottish evangelist, a royal descendent. Under his charge, the Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache Abbey became Benedictine.
The Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache Abbey is one of the last remaining monasteries of the High Middle Ages and hosts a remarkable Jean Boizard organ
The outbuildings of theAbbey house a museum depicting rural and woodland life. The wealthy collections highlight the economic activities which have shaped the Thiérache region: logging, cattle rearing and basketry.
Not accessible using public transport.
Admission prices :
From 13 to 18 years : 1.25 €
Up to 13 years : Free
Full price : 2.05 €