Montbenoît is a commune in the Doubs department in the Franche-Comté region in eastern France.
The abbey church (11th-20th centuries).
Geography [ edit ]
The commune lies 14 km (8.7 mi) north of
Pontarlier in the Jura mountains.
History [ edit ]
In the early 12th century, Landry, Lord of
Joux, gave land in the upper Doubs valley to Humbert, Archbishop of Besançon, to found an abbey.  The local  summit in the area was at the time called Mont Benoît after a religious hermit named Benoît who resided there. Humbert invited monks to come from Valais and an abbey under St. Columbanus's rule was built by a monk called Nardouin (Norduin) in 1141-1142.  The town grew up nearby the abbey. Both the abbey and the town were named  Montbenoît after the local summit. The abbey later came under the Augustine rule. 
In 1947, Montbenoît was proclaimed capital of the
Republic of Saugeais by Georges Pourchet, a local hotel owner, who also created the republic on the spot.
Population [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Montbenoît" Congrès Archéologique de France 118: p. 306
^ Landry, Donald J. (1999) The History of the Surname Landry from Clovis to the Present volume I, Donald J. Landry, Metairie, Louisiana, p. 22, OCLC 42748089 citing Suchaux, L. (1878) Galerie Héraldo: Nobiliaire de la Franche-Comté H. Champion, Paris, p. 314, OCLC 18349834
^ "Montbenoît Abbey" Structurae an architectural database
^ a b "abbaye d'augustins" Architecture et Patrimoine database in French, accessed 5 May 2009
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