L'Abbaye de Beaulieu-en-Rouergue, sits nestled in a secluded, remote valley in the Tarn-et-Garonne. The Abbey was built in 1144, destroyed during the Albigensian crusade in the early 1200's and re-built in 1275. Only to be destroyed again during the Wars of Religion in the 16th century. It began to dwindle in the 17th and was deconsecrated and sold as farm property in 1791 as the French Revolution raged. It's had a hard life!
As is typical of Cistercian monasteries, it does not have a large, impressive entrance. The public was not invited to worship here; services were exclusively for the the ordained monks and lay brothers. And even the lay brothers were kept segregated from the 'real' monks.