Originally planned to accommodate some twenty students, the Collège des Bernardins will form between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries several thousand young Cistercian monks, the elite of their order, from the North of France, Flanders, Germany and other regions of Europe. Today, considered a building of national interest, the Collège des Bernardins is one of the largest medieval buildings in Paris. It has become a place of meetings, dialogues, training and culture offering a rich programme of conferences and colloquia, exhibitions, concerts, activities for young audiences as well as a centre for theological and biblical formation.

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