A Bit of History
Founded by Saint Bernard de Cîteaux in the late 11th century, at the height of Western Christianity’s spiritual awakening, the Cistercian Order is organised around work, prayer and liturgical life. It encourages its members to live apart from the world. It is in this context that the Cistercian abbeys of Provence were constructed, their bareness reflecting the austerity advocated by the Order. In the 12th century, the Cîteaux Order developed under the impetus of Bernard de Clairvaux (1090-1153), spiritual master of the Cistercians.