Beaulieu-en-Argonne is a charming village in Meuse, located 35 kilometres from Bar-le-Duc and Verdun.Filled with a stunning amount of flowers, this haven of peace stands on a promontory offering a lovely view of the Meuse and the forests of the Argonne Massif, where visitors can enjoy many hikes and discover local fauna and flora.
In the 7th century, Beaulieu-en-Argonne already had an abbey, founded by a Scottish monk, St. Rouin, after whom the village church is named. Some of the abbey still remains, including an old oak press form the 13th century, of impressive dimensions: it is one of the biggest in Europe and weighs 30 tonnes! Next to it, a fresco depicts the village as it was in 1789. Outside are a few traces of the old abbey walls.
You can access the village ponds via Rue de l'Abbaye, taking the steep steps.
Nearby, close to the Hermitage of St. Rouin, don't miss the chapel of the same name, nestling at the heart of the forest. This is the work of a student of Le Corbusier, and a young Japanese artist designed the stained glass windows.