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St Michaels Abbey
Hampshire-Surrey Border
Rushmoor Borough
Hampshire  England

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Saint Michael's Abbey, in Farnborough, Hampshire, Southern England is about thirty miles from London. In 1880, the Empress Eugénie de Montijo, ( 1826 to 1920) wife of the exiled Emperor Napoleon III of France (1808 to 1873) bought a house in Farnborough. They had been exiled from France after the Fall of the Second French Empire in 1870. Napoleon III died in 1873 in Chislehurst, Kent (somewhat confusingly, there is another village called Farnborough close by). Deeply saddened by the loss of her husband and the death in 1879 of their 23 year old son, the Prince Imperial, 1856 to 1879 (also known as Napoleon IV, pretender to the Imperial Throne of France) in the Zulu War, she built the Abbey in 1881 as a monastery including the Imperial Mausoleum where her husband was subsequently buried (He had originally been laid to rest in St Mary's Catholic Church, Chislehurst.) She was also buried there. She wanted it to be a place of prayer and silence and she arranged for the crypt to be modelled on the altar of St Louis in France, where the Emperor had originally desired to be buried-but of course that was before his exile.The church and monastery were initially administered by Premonstratensian Canons but in 1895, the Empress replaced them with French Benedictine monks from Solesmes. This community, famed for its scholarly writing and musical tradition of Gregorian chants, became depleted in number by 1947 and was augmented by a small group of English monks from Prinknash Abbey. It remains an active Monastery, and is fully open to the public.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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St Michaels Abbey
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St Michaels Abbey
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