In 1122, Abélard, then prior of Maisoncelles Abbaye Sainte-Marguerite, many years after his affair with Héloïse, was given the woodlands of Mount Limars north of the river Ardusson between Quincey and Saint-Aubin to rebuild a hermitage dedicated to the Holy Trinity dedicating it as the Oratory of the Paraclete.After teaching students there for several years, he became aboot of Rhuys Abbaye Saint-Gildas, Bretagne, in 1127
In 1129, his wife Héloïse, then abbess of the monastery of Sainte-Marie d'Argenteuil, and most of her religious sisters, moved to Paraclete. On 28 November 1131, the abbey was named Oratory of the Holy Trinity, Héloïse as prioress.
Dying on 21 April 1142, at Saint-Marcel-lès-Chalon Abbaye near Chalon-sur-Saône, to which he had retired, Abélard's body was buried at the Abbaye du Paraclet in a tomb in front of the altar in the chapel of Petit-Moustier. Héloïse, dying on 17 May 1163, was buried in the same tomb.
Suffering through wars, devastations, and restorations for centuries, it was secularized and sold during the Revolution, the reliquary of Abélard and Héloïse being retired in 1792, when his body being transferred to Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. A fire destroying part of the remaining buildings in 1793. Last sold in 1835, it is now operated by the seventh generation of the Walckenaer family.
GPS Coordinates: 48.46713, 3.56927
- Added: 3 Jan 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2631455
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