This modern abbey church stands on the grounds of the ancient Citeaux Abbey–the original home of Bernard of Clairvaux. The ruins of the medieval abbey are visible and one or two of the ancient buildings still stand. Today the monastery houses Cistercian monks who make cheese and caramel candy.
I visited the abbey on my pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1987. I am always intrigued by the monasteries that are re-founded on the site of ancient monasteries. Citeaux is one. Buckfast in Devon in England is another. Quarr Abbey is built just a few hundred yards from the ruins of a medieval abbey as well.
It reminds me of what a Benedictine monk once said to me about their persistence: “We’re like weeds. We keep coming back.”