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Abbey of Saint-Médard de Soissons

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Source: Dom Germain

The Abbey of Saint-Médard de Soissons was a Benedictine monastery, at one time held to be the greatest in France.
The abbey was founded in 557 by Clotaire I on his manor of Crouy, near the villa of Syagrius, just outside the then boundaries of Soissons to house the remains of Saint Medard, the legend being that during the funeral procession the bier came to a standstill at Crouy and was impossible to move until the king had made a gift of the whole estate for the foundation of the abbey.


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