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Tour Abbatiale - Musée


  • Inspected and accredited by the French museum department (Service des Musées de France)

Spoken languages : anglais

The picturesque tower of the former Benedictine abbey in Saint-Amand has recently been renovated to house the museum. Its Flemish late-Renaissance architecture is in itself an exhibition piece. The ceramics collection on the first floor offers a complete overview of local ceramics manufacturing. The refined originality of the 18th-century ceramics is tinged with the influence of the Far East, as well as that of the big French factories in Rouen, Strasbourg, northern France and the Tournai. There was a shift in style when industrialization in the 19th and 20th century brought technological advances in ceramics factories. In the vast central hall, with its 22m-high vaulted arches, there are works related to the history of the abbey as well as 16th- to 18th-century religious paintings and sculptures from the southern Netherlands. On the ground floor, beneath a carved stoned arch, temporary exhibitions are held all through the year.