Close to the dock is a magnificent "grange batelière" (docking barn) of purest Cistercian spirit, which dates back to the XIIth century.
This docking barn, classified as a historical monument since 1875, has been the object of a joint heritage development project with the Fondation Hautecombe, the Conseil Général de Savoie, the State and the European Union. In 2007, it was renovated and has come to life again by becoming a priveleged place for events and cultural exhibitions in Savoy.
It may now hold up to 300 people and is available for cultural events (concerts, exhibitions ...), seminars or receptions.
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The "grange batelière" (docking barn) at the time of the monks
The first floor at the time was built of wood and mounted on nine pillars of oak. That was where the Abbey kept its grain and flour. The openings at ground level were for unloading boats and stocking the barn using a pulley system attached to several oak pillars (still there presently) on the east side (facing the lake) : by this means, it was possible to unload boats by hauling their freight straight up onto the first floor.When the building was renovated in 2007, the balcony, which at the time was used to unload the boats onto the first floor, was rebuilt using modern building materials rather than those of origin.
Solid, skillfully conceived (both for the conservation and exit of the various food articles stored there), ideally located (3 mills were in the past along the torrent which still throws itself even now underneath the barn), this building perfectly reflects the purest Cistercian mind, by the simplicity of its lines and the full adaptation to its purpose.
Reception in the abbey : +33 4 79 54 26 12 - Fax : +33 4 79 54 29 94
E-mail : accueil.hautecombe-at-laposte.net
Visits, shop :
+33 4 79 54 58 80 - Fax. +33 4 79 54 29 94
E-mail : librairie.hautecombe-at-wanadoo.fr
Abbaye d’Hautecombe - 73310 SAINT-PIERRE-DE-CURTILLE
Website : www.hautecombe.org
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