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Village in the Yonne department, 10 mi WSW ofAvallon. It is the site of a famous Benedictine abbeybuilt here in the ninth century, which became animportant pilgrimage center. The Second Crusade waspreached here in 1146 by St. Bernard. The abbeydeclined after the 13th century. The 17th-century militaryarchitect Marshal Vauban is buried nearby. The12th-century abbey church of Sainte-Madeleine hereis a monument of Romanesque art and architecture.Gislebertus, the sculptor of many of the works here, isone of the earliest identified European artists.Village in the Yonne department, 10 mi WSW ofAvallon. It is the site of a famous Benedictine abbeybuilt here in the ninth century, which became animportant pilgrimage center. The Second Crusade waspreached here in 1146 by St. Bernard. The abbeydeclined after the 13th century. The 17th-century militaryarchitect Marshal Vauban is buried nearby. The12th-century abbey church of Sainte-Madeleine hereis a monument of Romanesque art and architecture.Gislebertus, the sculptor of many of the works here, isone of the earliest identified European artists.

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