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Cistercians Collection

The Cistercians, a monastic order founded in the 11th century, left an indelible mark on history and culture

Background imageCistercians Collection: Romanesque cloisters at Abbaye de Fontfroide, Aude Department, Languedoc-Roussillon

Romanesque cloisters at Abbaye de Fontfroide, Aude Department, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Background imageCistercians Collection: Cour Louis XIV at Abbaye de Fontfroide, Aude Department, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Cour Louis XIV at Abbaye de Fontfroide, Aude Department, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Background imageCistercians Collection: Lavender fields in full bloom in early July in front of Abbaye de SA nanque Abbey at

Lavender fields in full bloom in early July in front of Abbaye de SA nanque Abbey at
Lavender fields in full bloom in early July in front of Abbaye de Senanque Abbey at sunrise, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur, France

Background imageCistercians Collection: Lavender fields in full bloom in early July in front of Abbaye de Senanque Abbey

Lavender fields in full bloom in early July in front of Abbaye de Senanque Abbey, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur, France

Background imageCistercians Collection: The Easter Riding at the Marienstern Monastery in Lusatia, a Cistercian monastery in the town of

The Easter Riding at the Marienstern Monastery in Lusatia, a Cistercian monastery in the town of Muehlberg on the Elbe
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Background imageCistercians Collection: St Bernard Crushing a Demon, 1563 (oil on panel)

St Bernard Crushing a Demon, 1563 (oil on panel)
868065 St Bernard Crushing a Demon, 1563 (oil on panel) by Venusti, Marcello (c.1512-79); 222x108 cm; Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City; (add.info.: Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - August 20)

Background imageCistercians Collection: Monk of the Order of Feuillants, a Cistercian order, Religieux Feuillant

Monk of the Order of Feuillants, a Cistercian order, Religieux Feuillant. Handcoloured woodblock engraving after an
5912792 Monk of the Order of Feuillants, a Cistercian order, Religieux Feuillant. Handcoloured woodblock engraving after an illustration by Jacques Charles Bar from Abbot Tirons Histoire et Costumes

Background imageCistercians Collection: The Crozier of the Abbesses of the Cistercian Convent Abbaye du Lys

The Crozier of the Abbesses of the Cistercian Convent Abbaye du Lys
CHT257998 The Crozier of the Abbesses of the Cistercian Convent Abbaye du Lys (silver gilt & rock crystal) by French School, (13th century); Musee Lambinet, Versailles

Background imageCistercians Collection: St. Bernard, abbot of Clairvaux, giving the Templars their rules (litho) (b / w photo)

St. Bernard, abbot of Clairvaux, giving the Templars their rules (litho) (b / w photo)
CHT287206 St. Bernard, abbot of Clairvaux, giving the Templars their rules (litho) (b/w photo) by French School, (19th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageCistercians Collection: Monastic Orders (litho)

Monastic Orders (litho)
6020613 Monastic Orders (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Monastic Orders. Illustration for A Handbook of Pictorial History by Henry W Donald (Charles & Son)

Background imageCistercians Collection: The Crozier of the Abbesses of the Cistercian Convent Abbaye du Lys

The Crozier of the Abbesses of the Cistercian Convent Abbaye du Lys
XIR397308 The Crozier of the Abbesses of the Cistercian Convent Abbaye du Lys (silver gilt & rock crystal) by French School, (13th century); Musee Lambinet, Versailles

Background imageCistercians Collection: Nave of roofless 13th century Gothic Cistercian Abbey of San Galzano, Chiusdino, Tuscany

Nave of roofless 13th century Gothic Cistercian Abbey of San Galzano, Chiusdino, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

Background imageCistercians Collection: Rock of Cashel on the hilltop against a cloudy sky and Hore Abbey below, County Tipperary, Ireland

Rock of Cashel on the hilltop against a cloudy sky and Hore Abbey below, County Tipperary, Ireland
The ancient Rock of Cashel on the hilltop against a cloudy sky with Hore Abbey and the Tipperary countryside below; Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

Background imageCistercians Collection: The stone ruins of Hore Abbey, built in 1272 in County Tipperary, Ireland

The stone ruins of Hore Abbey, built in 1272 in County Tipperary, Ireland
The stone ruins of the Cistercian Hore Abbey sitting in a grassy field, (originally a Benedcitine Monastery) built in 1272; Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

Background imageCistercians Collection: Baltinglass Abbey, Co Wicklow, Ireland; 12Th Century Cistercian Abbey

Baltinglass Abbey, Co Wicklow, Ireland; 12Th Century Cistercian Abbey

Background imageCistercians Collection: Bective Abbey, Co Meath, Ireland; 12Th Century Cistercian Abbey

Bective Abbey, Co Meath, Ireland; 12Th Century Cistercian Abbey

Background imageCistercians Collection: Jerpoint Abbey, Co Kilkenny, Ireland; 12Th Century Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey, Co Kilkenny, Ireland; 12Th Century Abbey

Background imageCistercians Collection: Co Meath, Bective Abbey, Ireland

Co Meath, Bective Abbey, Ireland

Background imageCistercians Collection: Mellifont Abbey In Ireland

Mellifont Abbey In Ireland

Background imageCistercians Collection: Abbeyknockmoy, Cistercian Abbey Of Knockmoy, Co. Galway, Ireland

Abbeyknockmoy, Cistercian Abbey Of Knockmoy, Co. Galway, Ireland

Background imageCistercians Collection: Spain. Catalonia. Church of Santa Maria Conesa Virgen Mary

Spain. Catalonia. Church of Santa Maria Conesa Virgen Mary
Spain. Catalonia. Church of Santa Maria Conesa. Virgen Mary. Built in 14th century (1339-1347). Gothic style. General contractor Guillem Pedrola

Background imageCistercians Collection: SPAIN. Vimbod�Monastery of Poblet. Gallery of

SPAIN. Vimbod�Monastery of Poblet. Gallery of
SPAIN. Vimbod� Monastery of Poblet. Gallery of the cloister (12th c. - 13th c.). Cistercian art. Architecture

Background imageCistercians Collection: Monastery of Veruela. 1146. SPAIN. Vera de Moncayo

Monastery of Veruela. 1146. SPAIN. Vera de Moncayo. Cloister. Cistercian art. Architecture

Background imageCistercians Collection: ABARCA DE BOLEA, Ana Francisca (1602-1690)

ABARCA DE BOLEA, Ana Francisca (1602-1690). Spanish member of the Order of Cistercians and writer. Photography

Background imageCistercians Collection: St Robert De Molesme

St Robert De Molesme
ST ROBERT DE MOLESME French abbot and saint, founder of order of the abbey de Citeaux (Cistercians)

Background imageCistercians Collection: Cistercian Nun

Cistercian Nun
CISTERCIANA Cistercian nun

Background imageCistercians Collection: Cistercian Monk in Cowl

Cistercian Monk in Cowl
MONACO CISTERCENSE Cistercian monk in cocolla (cowl, or frock)

Background imageCistercians Collection: Cistercian Monk

Cistercian Monk
MONACO CISTERCENSE Cistercian monk



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The Cistercians, a monastic order founded in the 11th century, left an indelible mark on history and culture. Their Romanesque cloisters at Abbaye de Fontfroide in Aude Department, Languedoc-Roussillon, France stand as a testament to their architectural prowess. The tranquil beauty of these cloisters transports visitors back in time. In Marienstern Monastery, located in Muehlberg on the Elbe River in Brandenburg, Germany, the Cistercians celebrate Easter with a grand riding procession. This tradition showcases their devotion and brings together the community for a joyous celebration. Art has also been deeply influenced by the Cistercian order. An exquisite oil painting from the 16th century depicts St Bernard Crushing a Demon—a powerful symbol of spiritual triumph over evil. This artwork captures both the religious fervor and artistic skill that characterized this period. Cour Louis XIV at Abbaye de Fontfroide is another stunning example of Cistercian architecture. Its grandeur reflects not only their dedication to God but also their influence during King Louis XIV's reign. Nature too finds its place within the realm of Cistercian heritage. Lavender fields bloom vibrantly each July in front of Abbaye de Senanque Abbey and Abbaye de SA nanque Abbey—creating picturesque landscapes that captivate all who behold them. Caring for others was central to Cistercian life; Port-Royal des Champs Abbey exemplifies this ethos through an artwork depicting sisters tending to the sick. Their compassion knew no bounds as they selflessly served those in need. Monks belonging to different orders were united under one common purpose—the pursuit of spirituality. The Order of Feuillants was one such branch within the larger Cistercian family tree. Handcoloured woodblock engravings beautifully illustrate these devoted religious figures, shedding light on their way of life.