Former abbey of Saint-Maur - 2020 weekend worksite # 3

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Dates from 17/10/2020 to 18/10/2020Age > 11 years old

Minors will be accompanied and under the responsibility of their legal guardians.

Type of project Weekend site

The History and Archeology Society "Le Vieux Saint-Maur" is organizing a weekend work site for all audiences on the site of the former abbey of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés (Val-de-Marne).

A vast domain of approximately 3 hectares, the Fossés Abbey was founded in 639. It was one of the most famous religious centers of Île-de-France in the Middle Ages. Many pilgrims from all over the Ile-de-France came to cure gout and epilepsy with the relics of Saint Maur. The falling buildings in ruins in the middle of the XVIIth century, several owners will succeed one another and share the fragmented location of the abbey until 1950. A romantic square was laid out in 1935 then in its extension, a historic park was opened to public in 1982. REMPART volunteer sites to save and restore the vestiges were carried out from 1973 to 1989. Classified as Historic Monuments in 1988, some vestiges and buildings of the abbey are preserved in the park (restored traces of the abbey church and cloister garden, a Gothic pillar of the abbey church, the tower and some surrounding walls from the 14th century) as well as in the historic area closed to the public (a Romanesque wall of the monks' cellar, the cellars in Abbey wine, Notre-Dame-des-Miracles chapel from the 12th and 14th centuries, a neo-Renaissance villa from the end of the 19th century, and a well and cloister gallery from the beginning of the 20th century) all public worksites weekends and youth workcamps organized with the Teenagers Club of the city of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés.

This weekend of construction will be the opportunity to maintain the fallow land and do some small work on the buildings left in ruins.

Tasks planned for the maintenance of the site:

  • Brushcutting work
  • Cleaning
  • Pruning and gardening
  • Layout of cellars
  • Masonry

The site is open to everyone.

Volunteers can register for the day (9 am-5pm with lunch break from the bag from 12:30 pm to 2pm) or for the half day (9 am-12:30pm or 2 pm-5pm). Volunteers can participate in one or more half-days or site days of their choice.

Volunteers should wear shoes and clothing suitable for manual activities.

By health measures linked to Covid-19, there will not be more than 10 people present on the site at the same time. In order to minimize travel, it is preferable that the public received live near the site. The social distance of at least one meter and the barrier gestures must be respected. Masks will be mandatory as well as individual work gloves (not supplied). A water point with liquid soap and disposable hand towel will be provided.

A short historical visit of the site and its remains may be offered.

Location : Ile-de-France / France